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LesLeigh D. Ford

LesLeigh D. Ford

Policy Program Manager


LesLeigh Ford is a policy program manager in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, where she examines philanthropic and nonprofit trends and racial disparities in economic opportunity.

Her areas of expertise include philanthropic and nonprofit management, covering topics from racial equity and justice to participatory and equitable grantmaking, funder collaboratives, and nonprofit technical assistance. Using in-depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys, Ford evaluates philanthropic and government-funded grant programs.

Ford earned her BA in political science and English from the University of Michigan, MEd in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and PhD in sociology from Duke University.