Nicodemus Ford is senior program manager for the Rural Professional Learning and Math Placement Network at Pivot Learning. The Oakland, California-based nonprofit works with high-needs school districts across the country to develop solutions to educational equity problems to ensure that all students graduate prepared for college and career. He has held positions with the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd and with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ford began his career in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, as a founding teacher in an inner-city high school that was designed on experiential and student centered learning. He has worked as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, and at Loyola Marymount University in Sacramento, California, where he taught pre-service special education teachers. He completed his master's degree in Education at Marygrove College in Detroit.