President and CEO
My first event, right before I joined the staff in 2004, made a huge impression on me. It was African American Heritage Day, on a beautiful day in the park. When I arrived on Cedar Lane, two staff members were onstage singing one of my favorite gospel songs. I made so many new friends, and my experiences that day helped to shape the way I view the Foundation and its stewardship work.
The trails, especially along the river when the sun is low in the evening.
A sheep, of course!
Laura Ford became the Accokeek Foundation’s President and CEO in March 2018, after serving as Grant Writer in 2017. Laura had served the Foundation in a variety of roles between 2004 to 2014, including Vice President and Director of Development and Communications.
During her tenure with the Foundation, she has been responsible for organizational advancement, including fundraising, communications, and strategic initiatives like the Foundation’s sustainable agriculture program. From June 2014 to December 2016, Laura was the Director of Program Advancement at the Alice Ferguson Foundation, where she supported their capital campaign, raised funds for operations, and oversaw environmental education programs. Laura started her career in environmental education as a project manager and technical writer for the Maryland Center for Environmental Training at the College of Southern Maryland.
Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in Language and Literature from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. Laura is the Executive Trustee with the Corina Higginson Trust, a grantmaker in the Washington DC metropolitan region. She has a special interest in social justice, equity, and food systems work and is a member of the Washington Regional Food Funders and the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network.
She also is a certified horseback riding instructor and owns a small farm with her family in Southern Maryland.