Professor Wallace Ford was appointed Chair of the Public Administration Department on January 24, 2014. For the past decade, in addition to teaching at Medgar Evers College, Professor Ford has taught Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Business Administration candidates at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Metropolitan College of New York’s School of Public Affairs, Pace University, John Jay College and La Universidad Externado (Colombia).
Professor Ford entered his position as chair with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector he has held positions ranging from Counsel to the New York State Assembly Committee on Banking to President of the State of New York Mortgage Agency. As the direct appointee of New York State Governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo as well as New York City Mayor David Dinkins, he has also served as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Commerce and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Business Services.
In the private sector he has managed a venture capital company, worked as an investment banker and as an international corporate attorney. Upon founding Fordworks Associates in 2002, a management consulting and advisory firm based in New York, he provided advisory services for a range of clients. As an attorney and as a consultant his clients have included the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the Irish Stock Exchange, Bloomberg LLC, Black Entertainment Television, that National Investment Bank of Jamaica, the Nigerian Ministry of Finance, the Earth Institute, the Republic of Haiti and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation. Professor Ford brings the same commitment of excellence held for his clients and employees to the students of Medgar Evers College through his focus on an interdisciplinary curriculum which is needed in order to comprehensively address the career goals and professional objectives of the students.
Professor Ford brings a clear and focused understanding of the evolution of communications and transactional information to the Department with his highly trafficked Point of View contemporary commentary blog which is read in over sixty countries and “The Inclusion Show Weekend Edition with Wallace Ford” a television talk show that has been broadcast nationally on Soul of the South Network.. He is also a frequent guest host and commentator on political events and business issues on MSNBC, Arise TV, WBLS Radio and a contributor to Black Noire Renaissance literary magazine (NYU). Professor Ford has also published two novels The Pride (2005) and What You Sow (2007).
Professor Ford was born in Harlem and educated in Japan, Puerto Rico and the United States. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he was a Senior Fellow and received his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. Professor Ford currently resides in Harlem.