Kim R. Ford
Dean of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning
Kim R. Ford is the Dean of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC). She provides leadership and direction for all programs related to and associated with workforce development, career and technical education and continuing education. She promotes an environment of student success focused on building community, instituting feedback loops and helping students transition. Dean Ford also secures federal, local and private funding to support the work of her division.
Dean Ford previously served as the Director of College Readiness and Community Outreach at UDC-CC. In that role she established the CARE Program (College Access and Readiness for Everyone), which serves over 1,000 students in DC public and public charter high schools. The program helps students get college ready through early testing, conducting interventions for students who do not test college ready, and offering a dual enrollment program where students take college courses at the Community College.
Prior to joining UDC-CC, Dean Ford served in the Obama Administration’s Recovery Implementation Office, which was responsible for implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. She directed working relationships between the Office of the Vice President and eight federal agencies on over $350 billion dollars of Recovery Act programs. While at the White House, she also coordinated the neighborhood revitalization initiative for the Department of Homeland Security headquarters consolidation at Saint Elizabeths. She led a working group that focused on three key areas: ensuring that residents have access to employment and contracting opportunities; developing homeland security academies in the neighboring middle and high schools; and developing the traditionally under served area into a vibrant part of the city.
From 2004-2007, Dean Ford worked for Nissan North America in the Advanced Planning & Strategy department. She assisted in creating the line-up strategy for the Nissan and Infiniti brands. She also managed several technology studies investigating consumer attitudes toward gas electric hybrid, hydrogen and fuel cell engines. While at Nissan, Dean Ford was selected as one of twenty persons globally to participate in the company’s specialized product planning training in Japan.
Dean Ford is a native Washingtonian and cares deeply about her community. She has led development efforts for Sibley Memorial Hospital and her alma mater, the Sidwell Friends School. Dean Ford serves as an Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking at the Community College. She is also a Co-Chair of the 75th Anniversary Fels Alumni Leadership Council at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dean Ford holds a B.S. in International Business from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.