Joshua Ford

Joshua Ford

Arts Administrator, Manager & Writer Seeking New Opportunity at DC Area

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Nonprofit Organization Management

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Joshua Ford's Overview

  • Programmer, Manager & Writer Seeking New Opportunity at DC Area
  • Associate Executive Director at Washington DCJCC
  • Chief Program Officer at Washington DCJCC
  • Co-Director, Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts at Washington DCJCC
  • Director at Washington Jewish Film Festival
  • Associate Artistic Director at Theater J
  • Freelance Stage Manager at DC Theater

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Joshua Ford's Summary

I am a writer, public programmer and arts administrator with a passion for bringing big ideas to diverse audiences. Whether presenting public policy discussions, screenings of award-winning international films or producing professional theater, I have a record of high achievement which has attracted the attention and support of audiences, the press and the philanthropic community. I have had a particular focus on programming that brings both individuals and their issues from the fringes of the Jewish community into the mainstream. That has included the presentation of LGBT issues and individuals well before it had mainstream acceptance as well as supervising the only full-time outreach and engagement program to the GLBT community at any JCC in the country. I have also participated in the presentation of ground-breaking Middle East programming that tackles difficult issues with respect for all involved. I achieve these goals through the best practices in non-profit management and community building, working with funders and key staff to build success together. Whether you are looking to improve the language used in solicitation of donors or seeking to improve how you do program evaluation, I can help bring your organization to the next level. I’d like to continue to give voice to the marginalized, to engage the disaffected, to help people feel like they have some stake in a community and are neither isolated nor only obligated to look out for #1.

I am looking to work in a senior position for an organization or foundation engaged in the mission of fostering and improving communities through work in the arts, social action or policy. I’d like to bring my creativity and my talent for persuasive and compelling language to local and national efforts on behalf of the arts, civil rights, social justice and tolerance.

Joshua Ford's Experience

Programmer, Manager & Writer Seeking New Opportunity

DC Area

Currently holds this position

My creativity, communications and organizational skills can help take your organization from good to great.

Associate Executive Director

Washington DCJCC

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Recreational Facilities and Services industry

January 2011March 2014 (3 years 3 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

• Oversaw exponential growth in the arts programs including 100% increases over the past 2 years in earned revenue for Film, Music and Literary Festivals and a 10% rise in overall program income.
• Managed search for a new director of Early Childhood, Youth and Family Programs that precipitated increases in preschool and camp enrollment, staff retention and expansion of programs for families with young children aged 0-12.
• Guided Outreach and Engagement programs targeted to young professionals, the LGBT community and those interested in social action through year-round and “special event” community service programs. Achievements included recognition of the GLOE – GBLT Outreach and Engagement Program by the Slingshot Fund as one of the most innovative programs and organizations in North America.
• Created timely and responsive programming by leveraging the resources of several departments to deal with hot-button issues such as “Race in America” and “Embracing Democracy” – a series of programs grappling with the American Jewish community’s changing relationship with Israel. Recognized with a Zahav Award at the 2014 JCCA of North America Biennial.
• Reinvigorated Jewish culture by commissioning a new live-score for the silent film The Yellow Ticket from Alicia Svigals, a founding member of the Klezmatics, The project received a touring grant from the Foundation for Jewish Culture which has brought it all around the country and allowed for a restoration of the film. Commissioned the sculptor Dahlia Luttwak to create a “reinterpreted” Sukkah to be publicly displayed on the front steps of the DCJCC’s historic building through a grant from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
• Expanded opportunities for community participation in new expressions of Jewish life through contests around the themes of various Jewish holidays that invited submission and exhibition of photographs, haikus and crafts. Used Social Media to expand reach of submissions and award prizes.

Chief Program Officer

Washington DCJCC

December 2007December 2011 (4 years 1 month)

Supervise activities and budgets of all major non-fitness programs of the Washington DCJCC, including Arts, Community Service, Jewish Living & Learning, Seniors and Early Childhood, Camp & Family Services.
Serve on Agency’s senior management team to closely monitor all aspects of Center operation.
Manage collaboration between program directors and board leadership.
Act as a liaison between Federation, community agencies and other potential partners.
Articulate in talks and written materials a cohesive vision of programming and services delivered by the Washington DCJCC.
Organized event that established a $100,000 endowment fund for staff enrichment in honor of the departing CEO that included a personal letter from President Obama and testimonials from lay leaders, colleagues and long-time staff.
Launched the agency’s social media presence through blogging, Facebook, Twitter and Vine. Personally wrote hundreds of entries from tweets to blog posts that established a humane and responsive voice on topics in the arts, Jewish culture, politics and local events.

Co-Director, Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts

Washington DCJCC

August 2004December 2007 (3 years 5 months)

Supervise program directors of the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Washington Jewish Music Festival, Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival and Screening Room.
Coordinate joint departmental fundraising and materials.

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Philanthropy industry

January 2003December 2007 (5 years)

Curated international Film Festival and year-round film program to reflect the best cinematic work being done in the field of the Jewish experience. Grew the size of the program and donor base by 50%.
Develop public programs to accompany films and encourage conversations and discussions between and amongst filmmakers, critics, scholars and audience.
Responsible for fundraising including corporate, private donors, in-kind and grants.
Represent the Film Festival at Berlin and other International Film Festivals.
Maintain and expand cooperative relationships with the media, cultural institutions, embassies, organizations and other festivals on a local, national and international level.

Associate Artistic Director

Theater J

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Performing Arts industry

June 2000April 2003 (2 years 11 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Oversaw production of six to eight show season at a professional Equity theater.
Developed audiences and group sales.
Assisted in season selection and artistic direction.
Supervise permanent, part-time and over-hire technical staff.
Wrote critically acclaimed play “Miklat” - Nominated for the Helen Hayes’ Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. Subsequently produced in Palm Beach, St. Louis and Minneapolis.

Freelance Stage Manager

DC Theater

19951998 (3 years)

Joshua Ford's Projects

  • 24 Hour Radio Race

    • August 2014 to Present
    Team Members: Joshua Ford

    Researched, recorded and produced a 4-minute radio documentary in 24 Hours on the theme, "You Should Know."

Joshua Ford's Publications

  • Making the Case for the Arts as a Jewish Communal Priority

    • eJewish Philanthropy
    • May 26, 2013
    Authors: Joshua Ford

    It is vital for arts institutions in the Jewish community, Jewish artists and the current generation of philanthropists that support the arts to begin articulating the argument that the support of the arts is not a distraction from the values the next generation of philanthropy seeks to support, but central to them.

Joshua Ford's Languages

  • Hebrew

Joshua Ford's Skills & Expertise

  1. Non-profits
  2. Grant Writing
  3. Fundraising
  4. Event Management
  5. Community Outreach
  6. Editing
  7. Volunteer Management
  8. Program Development
  9. Board Development
  10. Grants
  11. Event Planning
  12. Public Speaking
  13. Community Organizing
  14. Community Development
  15. Leadership Development
  16. Non-profit Administration
  17. Blogging
  18. Theatre
  19. Nonprofits
  20. Planned Giving
  21. Program Management
  22. Social Media
  23. Politics
  24. Youth Development
  25. Annual Giving
  26. Newsletters
  27. Arts Administration
  28. Research
  29. Stewardship
  30. Social Justice
  31. Philanthropy
  32. Teaching
  33. Proposal Writing
  34. Program Evaluation
  35. Coalitions
  36. Community Engagement
  37. Media Relations
  38. Resource Development
  39. International Development
  40. Public Relations
  41. Leadership
  42. Public Policy
  43. Policy Analysis
  44. Staff Development
  45. Strategic Communications
  46. Facebook
  47. Social Entrepreneurship
  48. Budgets
  49. Prospect Research
  50. Policy

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Joshua Ford's Education

Grinnell College

Bachelor's Degree, American Studies


Grade: Graduated with Honors

Montclair Kimberely Academy

High School


Grade: Graduated Cum Laude



Joshua Ford's Additional Information


reading, music, travel, history

Groups and Associations:

Project Otzma

Honors and Awards:

• Slingshot Day 2013 – Conference Participant with Featured Program
• Community Conversation on Outreach To Interfaith Families – Breakout session leader, 2013
• Jewish Leadership Institute with Dr. Erica Brown
• Community Day of Learning, The Greater Washington Forum on Israeli-Arab Issues, planning committee, 2011-2014
• JCCA Professional Conference Panelist, Using New Media to Appeal To Young Adults, 2011
• Grants panelist for the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Kroll Documentary Film Fund (NY)
• Featured presenter at the 2004 National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Biennial Conference of North American Jewish Film Festivals in Boston and 2006 in Toronto
• Selected for July 2005 Kaplan Seminar for Emerging Leaders at the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
• Winner, 2006 Lynn Skolnick Sachs Award for Program Excellence
• 2002 Nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play at the Helen Hayes Awards

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