Manager - Executive Office and Board Relations
“We consider ourselves a family, part of the Ford family.”
Reflecting back on more than 25 years with the Foundation, Donna Wolford remembers how co-founder Kenneth W. Ford saw a need in the community almost every day and personally made sure that something was done to address it—often anonymously.
Donna works to connect people and resources as she honors the Foundation’s long-standing values. She directly assists president and CEO Kara Inae Carlisle as well as the Board of Directors. As a member of the management team and longest-serving staff member, Donna contributes her deep and broad knowledge and perspective.
Donna worked directly with Kenneth Ford and son, Allyn Ford, in the executive office of Roseburg Forest Products before joining the Foundation as its second staff member. She also worked closely with Foundation co-founder Hallie E. Ford over the years and continues to ensure that lines of communication remain open with subsequent generations of the Ford family.
“Knowing the founders, the family and being able to serve in this way is very meaningful to me,” Donna says. “Standing with communities in their work to make their lives better, seeing their dreams come true—there are so many great things the Foundation has supported over the years.”
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