Karen Ford, D.S.W.

     Director & Professor
     Advisor to K-12 and Nonprofit & Community Leadership Concentrations

     Contact Information          Mailing Address
     540-568-7020 (o)                MSC 1505
     540-568-7117 (f)                 James Madison University
     fordka@jmu.edu                 Harrisonburg, VA 22807



  • D.S.W. - Howard University, Washington, DC
  • M.S.W. - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 
  • B.A. - Emory & Henry College, Emory VA 


  • Professor, JMU Social Work Department
  • Nonprofit Consultant & Trainer
  • Director, Lynchburg Youth Services, City of Lynchburg, VA            
  • Regional Youth Prevention Specialist, VA Dept of Juvenile Justice
  • Director Camp New Hope, VA Dept of Juvenile Justice
  • Middle School Social Studies Teacher
  • Youth group home & detention worker

Professional Interests and Affiliations

  • Nonprofit Academic Centers Council
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
  • Virginia Organizing Project
  • Girl Scout Council of Virginia Skyline, Board Member (Executive & Finance Committee)