Antoinette Ford’s professional experiences include entrepreneurship, corporate executive, Presidential appointee with Senate confirmation and Oceanographer. Currently, Toni leads the Double Nickels Theatre Company and heads a newly established ebooks publishing enterprise, Double Dutch Digital Publishing
In June 2002, Toni was granted a patent for an antiglare product. In 1998 NASA granted Ms. Ford a patent license to commercialize large flat panel displays and the company she founded to undertake this work was the first sponsored by NASA in a high technology incubator. Between 1985 and 1998 she grew another technology company from start-up to a multi-million dollar operation before selling it to seek other challenges. As a corporate executive, Toni was a plant manager at a major manufacturing company and responsible for a $60 million pressed metal, metal fabricating facility.
Inside the federal government, Toni was appointed by the President and confirmed by the US Senate as the Administrator of the Agency for International Development Near East Bureau with budget responsibility for more than $2.5 billion. In this capacity she managed the multi-year development of large-scale projects throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Ms. Ford’s first professional career was as an Oceanographer.
Most recently Antoinette Ford was celebrated as one of the Top 100 Minority Business Executives in a six state region of the United States. The States of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Washington, DC, Ohio and Pennsylvania along with Southwest Airways, State Farm Insurance Company and a host of other sponsors granted this honor.
Toni holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School, was a Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics, holds an MS degree from The American University, and was a National Science Foundation Fellow in Oceanography at Stanford University. She earned her BS degree from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She was also selected as a White House Fellow.