Director of Community Life, Mid-Atlantic Washina X. Ford

Washina X. Ford serves as director of Community Life for The Community Builders, Mid-Atlantic region, a position she has held since 2020. Ford supports several teams across 18 sites in five states. She provides centered strategic approaches to create equitable pathways for resident and neighborhood success.

Ford joined TCB in 2011, supporting Community Life programs in multiple regions during her tenure. She began her career at TCB as a youth engagement specialist at Oakwood Shores in her hometown of Chicago, then relocated to Norfolk, Va. to serve as the resident service coordinator, leading the strategic planning and management of comprehensive programming at a HOPE VI work-first community of 300 households. She later advanced to operations manager for family sites, a corporate role in Boston focused on process improvements and streamlined procedures to increase the effectiveness of hiring, onboarding procedures, budget management, training and evaluation collection across TCB sites. In 2017, Ford transitioned to leading and managing the implementation of the Community Life in Baltimore, with work centering around program development for senior and non-elderly disabled residents, Rental Assistance Demonstration occupied relocation and community safety. She is an active member of the TCB diversity and inclusion and resident experience taskforces.

Ford holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Illinois, a master’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Morgan State University. She serves as the Board Treasurer for Making Change Inc., a nonprofit that provides financial literacy education and individual coaching. In addition, Ford serves on the board of The Connect 757, an organization founded to create platforms for local Black professionals to promote diversity through social connections and reduce barriers to access due to race.