Time & Location
Nov 15, 2023, 7:00 AM
About the event
Derria L. Ford, MBA. Ed.D, is the new Chief Advancement Officer for Martha O’ Bryan Center. She has over sixteen years of invaluable nonprofit experience. Her expertise spans program expansion, grant administration, executive leadership, and fund development. Derria's career has been marked by her exceptional ability to lead and motivate teams, strategic thinking, and build relationships with organizational stakeholders.
Derria's previous position was at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, where she served as the Deputy Director of Development and Community Engagement. Over the past five years, she has made significant strides in increasing revenue, boosting individual giving, diversifying grants, establishing a signature fundraising event, and simplifying complex legal concepts to benefit vulnerable communities through educational documents, videos, and media.
In addition to her professional achievements, Derria holds a Doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene University, where she specialized in Leadership and Professional Practice. Her research emphasized transformational leadership, leader efficacy, and emotional intelligence, all of which enhance her ability to lead and inspire others. She is also a proud graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where she earned both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Business Communications.
Beyond her impressive professional and academic accomplishments, Derria is a dynamic individual who loves sharing stories about her vibrant eight-year-old daughter, Gabrielle.
With her extensive experience and passion for positive change, Derria Ford is a purpose driven leader that believes deeply in the power of teams.