Carolyn grew up in the Calliope Projects at 3700 Thalia Street, Apt. C and at 3808 Earhart Blvd. She attended the Holy Family Sisters at St. John of Arc Elementary School, Carter G. Woodson Middle School, and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1959. Carolyn was actively involved in her school and neighborhood life. She ranked in the top 10% of her high school graduating class, was a majorette, had many perfect attendance certificates, was a member of the student council, received many certificates of merit, was on the yearbook staff, and still found time to be active in the young ladies’ church organizations.
Carolyn was a born leader. She began her career working at the Social Welfare Planning Council and the Neighborhood Development Corporation as a community organizer. She also worked with Model Cities as a communication and research specialist. She then served as deputy director and executive director of Central City Economic Opportunity Corporation. Later, Carolyn began working at Total Community Action (TCA) as center director and progressed to become Director of Community and Energy Services. Some of her more notable contributions to the Central City community were the implementation of phases 1 and 2 of the Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center, implementing the Central City EOC Multimedia After School Program, and instrumental in developing the Miss Central City Pageant.
Carolyn was a true trailblazer for her community and a champion for good causes. She worked tirelessly for Central City and the City of New Orleans. She was a proud member of the Black Organization for Leadership Development (BOLD). She was also a gracious, humble, and dedicated public servant as President and a member of the Orleans Parish School Board representing District 5.
Carolyn loved and honored her family, friends and the community. It seemed as though everyone in New Orleans knew Carolyn Ford. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her instantly knew that she was a very caring, approachable, and genuine person who never hesitated to help if you needed her. She was often seen with a “yellow tablet and sharpened pencil” — ready to take notes and “case manage you.”
Carolyn served on the board of many organizations such as: National Association of Neighborhoods; Dryades Street Young Men Christian Association; Public Advisory Committee/City of New Orleans Landfill Site Study; Total Community Action Federal Credit Union; Housing Authority of New Orleans Legal and Personnel Committee; Edgar P. Harney Elementary New School Committee; Community Access Corporation; Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Inc. Education Committee; Human Resources Committee for the Homeless; and Central City HDC.
Carolyn was the beloved mother of Allison Ford, Sr. and Rosalyn Ford (Oswin) and shared this beautiful family with the late Albion Ford, Sr. She was the daughter of the late Westerfield and Herise Green, the sister of Jackie Green (Mary) and the late Vernon Green (Hannah), and the grandmother of Wesley Jenkins and Allison Ford, Jr. She is survived by her Aunt Genevieve Hilliard, devoted cousin Sherman Robinson, Sr. , devoted sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Total Community Action, Inc. salutes, Carolyn Green Ford,
a true believer in the power and promise of Community Action. Thank you Carolyn for your hard work and dedication. Job Well Done! 46 Years of Dedicated Service