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Chantias Ford

Interim Programs and Knowledge Director


Chantias works to identify equitable, effective, and efficient philanthropic practices and advocates for their adoption by grantmakers.

As PEAK’s interim programs and knowledge director, Chantias works to identify equitable, effective, and efficient philanthropic practices, and she advocates for their adoption by grantmakers. Chantias leads the project management for educational content and community engagement with PEAK’s network of professionals.

Chantias brings a wide variety of philanthropic perspectives, having served as a funder, facilitator, consultant, evaluator, grantee, and grant writer. She previously served as program officer at the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, managing a grantmaking portfolio of education and social good nonprofit organizations. Prior to that role, Chantias served as research associate for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Connections program, where she managed the network database and orchestrated leadership and professional development for underrepresented researchers.

Chantias is passionate about building community, using data for impact, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Chantias earned her bachelor or arts degree in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and her master of education degree in learning, diversity, and urban studies from Vanderbilt University. She is originally from Huntsville, Alabama, and enjoys music, traveling, and spending time with her affectionate cat.

Published articles

“CONNECTing on Designated Wellness Funding”

“Reflecting on the Past to Lead the Future”

“Living BIG by Stepping Back: Wellness Lessons Inspired by PEAK’s Leadership Summit”

“CONNECTing on Flexibility Across the Grantmaking Lifecycle”

“CONNECTing on Responsive Grantmaking for Current Events”

“CONNECTing on Tracking Grantee Demographics”