Born and raised in Northeast Portland, Taylor Ford earned his earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication at Loyola University, New Orleans.
After graduating from Loyola he returned to Portland with the desire to use his skills and connections to become a positive figure and advocate within the Black community in Portland.
Ford has worked in the nonprofit world for United Way of the Columbia-Willamette as a community account manager for their 2017 fall campaign, and then as a publicist on Sharon Maxwell’s campaign for Multnomah County Commissioner, District 2.
Following his departure from United Way, Ford took a position as a communications coordinator for Health Share of Oregon. In this role he was responsible for the organization’s social media account management, website content management and more! He was also tasked with supporting targeted health promotion campaigns that encouraged Oregon Health Plan members to prioritize their health and use health care and safety net resources. It was there he saw first-hand the impact integrated health care systems can make in ending detriments to health for minority groups.
He now works for Multnomah County as the program communications specialist for the Multnomah County-Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. His scope of work includes social media account management, event coordination, public relations support, graphic design support, etc. Through his work with the Multnomah County-REACH program he is able to use his skills as a writer to help positively impact the health outcomes for African-American and/or African immigrant/refugee residents of Multnomah County.
Outside of his communications related work, he’s also a huge fan of sports and music. You can often find him on Twitter engaged in debates on things pertaining to either. You can follow him on Twitter @TaylorCFord in order to get a first hand experience.