**FILE** Kim Ford (Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
**FILE** Kim Ford (Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Kim R. Ford will become the new president and CEO of Martha’s Table, a nonprofit that provides educational, health and family supports for D.C. residents, the organization announced Monday.

Ford, who recently worked at the U.S. Department of Education, brings an extensive background in education leadership and community development, coupled with a track record of achieving proven, quantifiable results, Martha’s Table in a statement announcing her appointment.

Ford’s tenure ‪begins on April 1.

“We could not have asked for a stronger leader than Kim R. Ford to serve as our next CEO,” said Ellis Carr, board chair of Martha’s Table and CEO of Capital Impact Partners. “Her fierce commitment to advancing equity in the District of Columbia will be a guiding compass in our work to support strong children, strong families, and strong communities in D.C.”

At the U.S. Department of Education, Ford served as acting assistant secretary in the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, where she led the management of roughly $2 billion in workforce development programs. Prior, Ford worked at the University of the District of Columbia, overseeing programs related to career and technical education and continuing education as dean of the Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning Division.

Ford also served in President Obama’s administration, where she helped lead the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, distributing more than $350 billion in recovery funds to spur economic growth.

“I am honored to join Martha’s Table and be a part of its long history of partnering with D.C. residents,” Ford said. “My mother was a lifelong public servant who instilled in me a passion for serving my community. And as a native Washingtonian, nothing is more important to me than seeing children and families in our city thrive.”

Her predecessor, Patty Stonesifer, announced her retirement in November after leading the organization for six years. Stonesifer’s tenure saw institutional shifts to expand early childhood education and extend its programming to support residents on both sides of the Anacostia River. The latter spurred the construction of a new headquarters on Elvans Road in southeast D.C., where Martha’s Table moved to last summer.

For nearly 40 years, Martha’s Table has worked closely with a wide range of partners and neighbors to achieve a shared vision for strong children, strong families, and strong communities. The organization aims to ensure every child in D.C. has access to the education, health and family supports necessary to succeed in childhood, college and career-wise.

“I am personally thrilled to have Kim join us as the next leader of Martha’s Table,” said Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Martha’s Table board member and dean of the School of Education at American University. “Her impressive background in education and focus on lifelong learning will elevate our mission to ensure all children in D.C. have the opportunity for their brightest future.”

In the search for its president and CEO, the Martha’s Table board of directors partnered with Diversified Search, a leading executive search firm committed to equity and inclusion, to assist in identifying experienced candidates with a proven track record in nonprofit leadership, development, and community engagement. More than 200 candidates were considered for the position.

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