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Seattle Urban League Announces Josalyn P. Ford as New Chief Advancement Officer

SEATTLE (March 26, 2024) – The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS) has announced the selection and appointment of Josalyn P. Ford, MPA, as the agency’s new Chief Advancement Officer.  

A long-time social do-gooder and advocate of community welfare, Ford has raised over $30 million in revenue spearheading efforts to ensure racial equity and social justice are fully embedded and embraced by the philanthropic faction here in Seattle. Her commitment to sowing seeds of transformative change and empowering equitable growth for the greater good has afforded many local organizations the ability to ensure generational impact within the communities they serve. 

Ford earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University. She is certified in curating platforms that drive social impact and attributes her passion for advancing equity within philanthropy to the village that helped raise her. 

“Personally, and prayerfully, I am answering a very real call and in many ways. I have never felt more aligned, not only with a role but also with my purpose.” says Ford. “Without an equitable lens and the ability to put people over profitability, the voices of the vulnerable are not served with the dignity and honor they more than deserve. Myself included.”  

With nearly 15 years of experience developing strategic initiatives, community-centric fundraising, and direct service programming under her belt, Ford’s primary focus in her new role will be to usher in a system fully dedicated to shaping the Urban League’s philosophy regarding philanthropy and communication to strengthen the organization’s mission-driven efforts. 

“Every day, the rise of unemployment, the ever-present threat of homelessness, and the reality of economic uncertainty continue to overwhelm our community.” says Michelle Merriweather, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle President & CEO, “If we stand a chance in empowering those we serve to overcome these challenges, we needs folks who understand the landscape of inequity and have a fearless dedication to help foster real systemic change. In this regard, Josalyn brings more to the table than we could ever hope for and then some.” 

Ford is the newest addition to the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s executive leadership team, and will be serving alongside President & CEO, Michelle Merriweather; Chief Finance Officer, Mansour Camara; and Chief Impact Officer, Donna Moodie. 

About the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle: 

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS) serves as an architect of change with a mission of empowering those they serve by providing programming and services designed to support and encourage self-sufficiency in all aspects of life. With a vision of equity for all, the ULMS six areas of focus include advocacy & civic engagement, education, housing, public health, entrepreneurship support, and workforce development.