I am the Principal of Fordworks Associates, a New York-based management consulting firm that works on public and private sector solutions in the United States and in the international arena.

I am a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. While at Dartmouth I worked on the school newspaper and radio station and was also the head of the black student organization where I was involved in bringing about significant institutional changes at that school. While at Dartmouth I also worked as a professional actor with the New Heritage Repertory Company in New York City. I graduated as a Senior Fellow and attended Harvard Law School where, in addition to attending classes I organized and led a 13-piece band and wrote a manual on prisoners’ rights.

I have worked as a private attorney representing the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Irish Stock Exchange in Japan as well as advising Bloomberg LLP in its negotiations with the African Stock Exchange Association. Other clients have included Black Entertainment Television, Clorox, Playboy, Anheuser Busch and the City of Johannesburg. Having worked as the manager of a venture capital firm, I have also worked as an investment banker with Drexel Burnham Lambert.

As a management consultant my clients have included the Republic of Haiti, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Nigerian Ministry of Finance. As a consultant and strategic advisor I have worked on behalf of clients in Haiti, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Antigua and Switzerland.

In the public arena I have worked as Counsel to the New York State Assembly Committee on Banking, Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Commerce and President of the State of New York Mortgage Agency. I have also worked as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Ports and Trade and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Business Services.

In the academic arena I have been a member of the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University where I taught Masters of Public Administration candidates in courses pertaining to public policy management. I have also taught MPA and MBA students at Pace University, Medgar Evers College (City University of New York) and Metropolitan College of New York. I have also lectured on several occasions at La Universidad Externado in Bogota, Columbia. I have been a member of the Board of Advisors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller School of Public Affairs at Dartmouth College and am currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University.

I am the author of two novels, The Pride and What You Sow, published by Kensington Books – http://www.kensingtonbooks.com – and available on http://www.amazon.com and with major booksellers. My Point of View column is also published weekly by Carib News – http://www.nycaribnews.com – New York City.

I was born in Harlem, N.Y. and as a child I lived and went to school in Japan (where I learned to speak fluent Japanese) and Puerto Rico. I attended high school in Teaneck, New Jersey and since graduating from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School I have lived in New York City most of my adult life. I am an avid reader of all genres and am an aficionado of jazz, theater, film, art and great food.

Finally but certainly not least, I am the father of Wallace Ford III, and live with my wife Courtney in Harlem.

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  1. Hi! Not sure how I got on your list serve, but today I finally took the time to go to your website. Thank you for shairng your “views.” I also loved the picture you have on the top…not sure if the image keeps changing but really think this one is beautiful! I have my own website on diversity and I know it’s not easy to have and maintain a website, thus I appreciate the work you are doing. All the best!

  2. Cynthia Cannady says:

    Hi Wally,
    Just discovered your website, June Baldwin sent me the url. As always, you are a thoughtful man, original, smart, and careful to find le mot just. I am going to be a regular reader. maybe blogger.
    Cynthia Cannady

  3. From 1969-73 I owned and operated a jazz bar,local hangout/political forum and all around great place(if I do say so myself)one night a guy named Gil Scott-Heron came into a
    Black Panther fundraiser we were having and raised the roof.hyahoo.comis poetry,musicallity and rhythms were magical.I met him a few times more but never got to see him perform live again.I will never forget that night.and the name of the place”THE NEEDLES EYE”

    SINCERELY sueyellin@yahoo.com

  4. What a fascinating history you have, Mr. Ford, and a point of view that reflects great sanity and wisdom, attributes so rare in our culture today. I note that you have a 13 year old son who, no doubt, will share your love of reading. I have just completed my first work of fiction in a not-yet-recognized genre, “History Fiction” for juveniles. Would your son be interested in refereeing the story before it is in formal print? The book is “The First Hero” and is set 190,000 years ago in West Africa before the invention of articulate language. The hero of the book awakens to the possibility of a benevolent society when she realizes that she is living under the tyranny of ignorance and meanness. She leads her six young children from the rain forest to the savanna and the children take over from there developing games using mankind’s first knots, learned from vines; inventing music learned from birds; inventing mankind’s first woven garments and footwear, learned from weaver birds; first musical instruments,the first raft, first formal ceremonies, and, above all, language.


    William Maxwell, Ed.D.
    (Ed.D., Harvard University)
    Professor of Thinking Emeritus
    University of Advancing Technology
    Tempe, Arizona
    (Now living in Albania)

  5. Mary Jacobs says:


    What happened to the opened minded press who supposedly have intelligence, integrity, and a passion for respect of the office of the President. Doggone it, President Truman said it best, ” I don’t give a damn what you think of me, but respect the office of the President,” I would think referring to the President of the United States of American requires and demands the respect of the Title, Mr. President or President Obama. It also demands the same respect for Mrs. Obama, The First Lady of the United States of America.

    It is a shame that “stupidity” is still in the hearts of supposedly educated folks that want to represent The United States of America citizens: AMERICANS domestically and internationally. The “Tea Partiers” and all of the believers of such disrespect, their party should be over with this kind of disrespect for the President of the United States of America who is President Barack Obama.

    You see I believe President Obama shall be one of the greatest Presidents we will ever have in our life time. He has his head on straight and he cares for folks, all of us.

    God Bless Us All

    Mary Jacobs

  6. jim fouratt says:

    thank you for a thougthful and provacative push into critical thinking .. how so no post-modern academia.

    jim fouratt

  7. lisa sun says:

    Lisa Sun

    Thank you for reminding us, Wallace, that the credo of “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” is what defines and binds Americans.

    We are a nation of optimists and millions of immigrants, like myself, come to this bountiful land because we see the intrinsic value of self-determinism.

    In the midst of these seismic changes in our economic system and social community, I think Americans yearn to revitalize their work ethic and re-invent their philanthropic ingenuity, not resurrect their xenophobia or regress to their personal bigotry.

    I think the Chinese have it right when they call America, mei guo, which means beautiful country.

  8. I was writing out my annual very modest check to Dartmouth College when “Listen Here” came up on my iTunes playlist. A very cool coincidence, and it led me to this website and blog, to which I will return. Thank you.

  9. Like most of the readers of this blog I am very impressed by Wallace Ford’s articulate and passionate exposition of his world view. He is thoughtful, informed and as with most good writers possessed of a unique and identifiable personality that is easily translated into very well constructed prose. I enjoy reading Wallace Ford because I interpret from his words a deep and abiding concern about how our country and the world are evolving well into the 21st century. I do not subscribe to his world view nor do I have similar faith in the efficacy of the Democrat Party. I am, however, smart enough to recognize that thoughtful, intelligent and concerned individuals can differ on many issues while still retaining an abiding respect and trust in the other persons beliefs, motivations and ideals. While most would attribute Wallace Ford’s considerable talent, skill and introspection to his years at Dartmouth and Harvard I firmly believe that the years spent in English class at Teaneck High School is the singular reason Wallace has achieved so much and been able to articulate his world with such conviction and passion. Taking nothing away from the obvious benefits accruing from a Dartmouth and Harvard experience but for my money Teaneck High School is the reason Wallace Ford is the very successful and well respected writer, teacher and businessman.

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  48. Henry Nasif Mahmoud says:

    Absolutely brilliant piece on the means and method the south used to get minority powers that frustrated the majority and protected slavery! (In the modern era between Lydon and Bill there was Jimmy, the peanut farmer.) You skillfully use the historical facts to prove your argument. Excellent job, Wally, excellent job!

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  50. Keisha Barnes says:

    Hello Professor Ford,

    I truly appreciate you sharing your timeline of a success story. I am on my journey of reinforcing my passion for working with at-risk youth. And reading your story embolden my goals. I have the drive to follow my dreams, but interruptions follows. Life is what we make it, and time stops for no one, just by reading your story today encourage me to take that leap of faith and move forward to what my heart desires….not giving up on our youth.

    Thank you again.

  51. Jo A Beverly says:

    Not sure how I stumbled onto your blog. But, I’m delighted. Without a doubt, you can count on continued readership.

  52. Wally — thanks to our classmate Julian R. I have found you and your eloquent reflections. I’ve been reading your blog for the last hour or so, and my mental image as I was reading was Wallace Ford ’69 at age 22 or so. I suspect we’ve both aged a bit since then, so it’s good to see that you are still the man I knew so many years ago. I’m not sure you’ll remember me from all the forums, teach-ins, and various hijinks of the sixties, but it’s good to have found you among the billion sites on the web. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed, so I’ll be back. I hope to see you at the next reunion, but if not, I’ll see you here!

    Warm regards,
    John “Tex” Talmadge

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