LesLeigh Ford
LesLeigh D. Ford
Associate Director
Office of Race and Equity Research
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  • LesLeigh Ford is an associate director in the Office of Race and Equity Research. She regularly leads and contributes to research- and policy-focused projects that explore sources of and solutions to racial inequities. 

    Her research has focused on a range of topics, including philanthropic and federal grantmaking, programs, and practice; economic mobility; and health policy.

    Ford holds a BA 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.

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    Outside Affiliations
    Playtime Project
    Board Member
    Reparations Research Consortium

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