Emerald Anderson-Ford's penchant for philanthropy and the nonprofit world began early in life. While growing up in Atlanta, she spent a number of weekends helping to feed the homeless population in the downtown area. When she attended Georgia Southern University, where she majored in Philosophy, Emerald really began to understand and connect with growing gaps in the education system and those stuck in the cycle of poverty.
During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Emerald took a year sabbatical from school and volunteered with various groups and clean up efforts to help restore normalcy to the area. It was in New Orleans that she was first introduced to national service and City Year. Once completing her undergraduate career, Emerald went on to serve two volunteer years with City Year New Hampshire, and to, later, serve as the Recruitment Manager for three years. It was at City Year New Hampshire that Emerald met her future husband.
Emerald now serves as a Senior Diversity Recruitment and Admissions Manager. She is a small business owner, philanthropist, activist, mother, and wife and currently resides in Manchester, NH with her husband, Damond, and their two young daughters, Cleo and Reed.