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Chantias Ford

Community Knowledge Manager

202-688-3251


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


As PEAK’s Community Knowledge Manager, 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 non-profit organizations .Prior to that role, Chantias served as Research Associate for the RWJF 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 BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.Ed 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.