Ida Ford

Workforce Development Board Administrator
Ohio Means Jobs | Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board


Ida has over 20 years of experience in business development, recruitment strategies, staffing, and employment as former CEO and majority owner for DiversiStaff; Corporate Director of Sales for a national employment agency; Recruitment Manager for Ohio’s largest newspaper publication and the first African- American woman as Advertising Director for a national weekly entertainment publication. Ida was named by The Plain Dealer & YWCA as one of Cleveland’s Women of Professional Excellence. She is a graduate of the School of Computer Technology, Cleveland State Leadership Academy, and CWRU Weatherhead 100 management training.

Q & A

Who is the person that most inspires you?

Over the past three years, my inspiration comes from Frank Brickner, Interim CEO OMJ | CC. Frank has a natural way of always seeing the positive side of a situation, a person, or a problem. Through his leadership, I have become more intentional in finding the positive in situations and people. My goal is to bring a smile to someone after being in their presence.

What is your favorite hobby?

Learning the game of golf and Chicago Style dance stepping.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Being named one of Cleveland’s Women of Professional Excellence.

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