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Shavon D. Ford
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Shavon (Shay-von). Shavon has designed and created this website to
showcase his story, passion, experience, and skills.
Shavon is a collaborative, impactful, and analytical leader with nearly twenty years of transformative work in education (Pre-K -12 and higher education), workforce development, and community-based initiatives by way of public, private, and nonprofit partnerships.
Shavon’s passion for transformative work was instilled in him through the lessons he learned from his parents, family, and the things he witnessed growing up in Booker T. Washington Housing Projects, located in Jersey City, New Jersey. Having a wise, strong, and loving mother gave Shavon the character and celebration to overcome being raised in concentrated poverty, where he attended failing schools. Shavon’s love for learning, the need to consistently help others, and the wisdom to learn from not just his, but others’ mistakes, are just some of the core values fostered by his mother during his childhood years. Unfortunately, throughout his life, Shavon’s dad suffered from drug addiction. His father’s lifelong message to him was “become better than him,” which
Shavon to become a critical thinker at an early age. While trying to assess his father’s mistakes, Shavon became determined to figure out the underlying factors that influenced his decisions.
Throughout Shavon’s upbringing, he began to critically analyze the impoverished conditions he was born into and what reinforced those conditions. He quickly began to observe which resources were effective and ineffective, and their impact. Drugs were a major plight in Shavon’s community. Because of his first-hand experience with his father, understanding the effect drugs had on individuals, families, and the community became a lifelong pursuit of his.
Shavon’s philosophy is to help others and to learn along the way. His life is decorated with great achievements because he dared to become a change agent.
Educational Degrees Awarded
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Politics & Advocacy
Master of Public Administration
Public Administration –
Public & Nonprofit
Bachelor of Arts
Elementary Education concentration English Literature
Learning and Development Record
Certifications, Licenses, Continuing Education Units (CEU), and Graduate Courses
Certifications & Licenses
Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute (PMI), In Progress
Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I), Scrum.org, In Progress
Project Management: Specialization
Public Management Certification, FDU Public Management Institute
ssued May 2014
Standard Teacher Certification, Grades K – 6, New Jersey Department of Education, Issued June 2008
Learning and Development Record
Strengths Based on CliftonStrengths
Assessment by Gallup. Their formula is Talent x Investment = Strengths
Intergenerational Community Work
Advocacy for a Better World
Giving Back (Be The Promise)
Education and nonprofit leader with progressive experience handling all aspects of organization management in search of an opportunity to bring highly transferable skills into the private sector to elicit greater change. Talented collaborator, able to communicate with staff, community members, and regulatory agencies to achieve organizational objectives. Develop and implement systems and process improvements that increase efficiency, transparency, and accuracy
all while addressing diversity, equity & inclusion needs
. Guides the creation of strategic plans that progress goals, increase awareness, and encourage support while complying with organizational and regulatory requirements.
To continue my journey of transformative change below are the core areas of interest for an opportunity:
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
People & Culture
Learning and Development
HR Generalist/Business Partner
Senior roles only in Nonprofit/Education/Foundation Management
Career Experience Timeline
Experiences Beyond My Resume/CV
Snapshot of Demonstrated People & Culture Highlights
Snapshot of Demonstrated Leadership Highlights
Final Day at Jersey City Employment & Training Program
“Shavon gave the program a lot of credibility and gravitas”
-New Jersey’s 52nd Governor Jim McGreevey
Governor McGreevey acknowledged the work Shavon did to brand Jersey City Employment & Training Program in the community and his efforts leading to corporations fulfilling their contractual obligated diversity hires goals as part of receiving their tax abatement from the City of Jersey City, NJ. (February 2015)
Notable Awards & Accomplishments
Shavon has a knack for community engagement, multitasking, taking initiative to solve problems, and working with diverse teams to achieve goals. To develop his skills while making an impact, Shavon has simultaneously worked multiple jobs, volunteered and advanced his education. As a first-generation college student, the first proposal he wrote granted all resident advisors of Bloomfield College free room & board. The proposal lasted Fall 2005–Spring 2015 and collectively saved those student leaders over $2-million in room & board fees or student debt. Below are the some of the awards and accomplishments he earned along the way.
When you discover your voice use it to help others discover their voice
My great future started when my mother read with me daily afterschool
Coordinated volunteer groups for several months to build out Habitat for Humanity Restore
The more we listen, the more we will understand how to make the greatest impact
Shavon Has a Gift Box