James E. Ford • NotableNames • January 2024

James E. Ford

James E. Ford, Executive Director at the Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED), was recently selected to be part of the next Allstate Foundation Executive Leadership Program. Ford will participate in a cohort-based learning experience along with 29 other nonprofit leaders through the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University.

Over the next seven months, he’ll learn to effectively lead diverse, engaged teams to fulfill CREED’s mission. Alongside Kellogg’s renowned thought leaders and practitioners, he’ll participate in thoughtful discussions and learn ways to apply these concepts in real life.

Ford earned his Doctor of Philosophy in urban education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also holds a master’s degree in teaching from Rockford University and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Illinois State University.