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Derek Ford serves as the Senior Vice President of Emerging and Underserved Neighborhoods with the Washington DC Economic Development Partnership (WDCEP).
Mr. Ford is responsible for attracting and creating retail and commercial development opportunities and to stimulate economic growth for District neighborhoods. The focus will be to increase and engage the business and local community to enhance economic opportunities in a sustainable way that allows for immediate and long term success.
Before joining WDCEP, Mr. Ford was a consultant/lobbyist who provided strategic advice, government relations and community engagement services to firms seeking and conducting business in the Washington, DC metro area (Wal-Mart, Aetna). He served as Chief Financial Officer of a local Community Development Organization and provided financial and compliance oversight of the District of Columbia governmental operations as a senior auditor with the DC Office of the Inspector General. Mr. Ford’s work experience also includes performing financial statements audits and consulting to numerous Federal Government Departments and Agencies in accordance with the CFO Audit Act 1990. Mr. Ford was also an accountant associate with Charles E. Smith Companies where he provided financial data to the commercial and residential section of the organization.
From 2013-2015, Mr. Ford served as Chairman of the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA), a $1.3 Billion organization that provides funds to stimulate and expand homeownership and rental housing opportunities in our community. Under his leadership, DCHFA issued over $670 million in long and short term tax exempt bonds and low income housing tax credits. Additionally, the credit rating agencies, Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s increased DCHFA bond ratings to ‘A’ and ‘A2’ respectfully. Also, Mr. Ford served as 1st Vice president of the National Association of State Housing Boards (NCSHB), an organization that provides Boards members with technical experience for their governance and financial oversight responsibilities. Additionally, Mr. Ford serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Community Family Life Services (CFLS) and is a member of the North Carolina A&T State University Board of Visitors.
As a Ward 7 resident of the District of Columbia, Mr. Ford is very active in numerous non-profit community and political organizations. Mr. Ford received a B.S. in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from George Washington University. Mr. Ford is a veteran of the US Army Reserves.