Anderson Alumni Spotlight: Krisztina Ford
September 7, 2017 - Leslie Venzuela
Our Alumni spotlight shines the light on Krisztina Ford, CEO & President of All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center. Krisztina earned her MBA from UNM Anderson in 2011. She moved to Albuquerque from Budapest, Hungary in 2000 and has more than ten years of experience in non-profit management.
What three words best describe you? Compelled, innovative, inclusive.
What is your guiding philosophy? I believe in giving back – creating trusting relationships and helping people grow. I have been lucky enough to experience that throughout my career and I will always strive to see the strength in people and help them to do their best – for themselves and in their jobs.
Who is your childhood hero? My mother’s father was a doctor and director of a hospital in Budapest. He was a grand figure who everyone, until his death, called him the Boss. In the 30s and 40s, as the German-influenced Hungarian government first began to force Jews to move into the Ghetto and then started to deport them into death camps, my grandfather saved many by admitting them into his hospital where they became patients under false names and fake papers.
What is your favorite memory of UNM Anderson? After I finished my Master’s degree in Political Science, I swore I would never to go back to school again! Yet, I felt that in order to manage any kind of program and oversee larger systems I needed a better understanding of finances, accounting and operations. When I enrolled in the EMBA program in 2009, I immediately found an amazing study group, and a larger group of cohorts, who are still my friends and professional colleagues to this day. The people I got to know over those 26 months along with the quality curriculum and amazing professors made my time at Anderson so worthwhile.
Tell us about your community service. For the past ten years, I have participated on various social service agency boards. I think it’s important to be involved with different causes. It’s a good way to learn about the complex issues facing our society and being aware of how non-profits can address those issues.
When I was growing up, Hungary did not have a non-profit culture, but after 1990, with the changes to the political system, this sector has started to grow. There is not much I can do remotely, but I do help two non-profits with translations from Hungarian into English and I find it quite fascinating to see how a country that was not used to non-profit organizations is now growing to embrace them.
Currently, I serve on three boards. The Child Welfare League of America in D.C., NM Behavioral Health Provider Association, and the Anderson Alumni Council.