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.