Shalia Ford, Director, YLSL & Emerging Leaders

Director of Leadership Programs
Tel: (314) 657-4021
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Shalia Ford

Shalia was promoted to Director of Leadership Programs in January 2021. She serves as Director of the Women In Leadership and Youth Leadership St. Louis programs, as well as providing oversight for other FOCUS programs. She previously served as Director of Emerging Leaders.

Shalia came to FOCUS in May 2017 from the YWCA Metro St. Louis, where she  served as Prevention Education Director. She has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration, program design and youth development.

Shalia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in African American Studies from the University of Minnesota as well as a Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University. Shalia is also a graduate of Coro Women In Leadership – Class 52.

Shalia currently resides in St. Louis County with her husband and son.