Career Talk with Kim R. Ford

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Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event Information: 

The Fels Institute of Government is proud to host alumna Kim R. Ford, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Planning at the US Department of Education, for a discussion on her career.

This discussion will be moderated by current Fels student Abigail Dym. Abigail is a Research Assistant for the Institute for Research on Higher Education at University of Pennsylvania and a graduate student working towards a MPA in government administration and a M.S.Ed in education policy. After college, she spent two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer and five years as a classroom teacher. Abigail is interested in using mixed-methods research to improve educational access and affordability, college readiness, program evaluation, and financial aid policy, particularly in the context of understanding systems that perpetuate inequity.

About the Speaker:

Kim R. Ford serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Ford provides leadership, direction and management on over $2 billion dollars in career and technical education, adult education, correctional and re-entry education and community college initiatives, which collectively serve over 25 million students annually. Ford leads the Divisions that administer the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the state formula and discretionary grant programs under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. She also establishes national leadership activities to enhance the quality and rigor of educational programs and promotes the development of strategies that support student success.

Previously, Ford served as the Dean of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC). She provided leadership and direction for all programs related to and associated with workforce development, career and technical education and continuing education. She promoted an environment of student success focused on building community, instituting feedback loops and helping students transition. Dean Ford also secured federal, local and private funding to support the work of her division.

Prior to joining UDC-CC, 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 to develop the traditionally underserved area into a vibrant part Washington, DC.

Ford holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Location Name: 
Spady Room, Fox-Fels Hall
Location Address: 

3814 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Event Contact: 

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326

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