John B. Ford serves as chair of the board of Marts & Lundy, a fundraising consulting firm based in New Jersey.
Prior to joining Marts & Lundy, Mr. Ford served for 35 years as a development officer in higher education. He began his career at Caltech, moved to The University of Chicago, and returned in 1977 to his alma mater, Stanford University, as the director of major gifts for Stanford Medical Center.
Over the next decade, he assumed increasing responsibility for Stanford's development activities and was named vice president for development in 1988. In that role, he led all fundraising for Stanford and directed the first billion dollar campaign in higher education. In 2005, Mr. Ford was promoted to senior vice president for university resources was also named executive vice chair of The Stanford Challenge, a $4.3 billion fundraising campaign.
During his tenure as an officer of the university, annual gift receipts to Stanford increased from approximately $150 million to more than $900 million. For the past four years, Mr. Ford has served as the senior philanthropic adviser to the ClimateWorks Foundation based in San Francisco. Mr. Ford holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University.