Yaida O. Ford has dedicated her professional life to working with Ward 8 residents and supporting those who need it most in Washington, DC. Her mission is to give Ward 8 residents the leadership they deserve while increasing access to opportunities that they need. As the Ward 8 City Council member, Yaida will advocate for:
- Equitable educational supports for our students and teachers,
- A full-service hospital in the Ward
- Innovative and affordable housing
- Better transportation, housing options for our seniors,
- Increasing the number of quality grocery stores in the Ward,
- Championing responsible and accountable economic development that responsive to the needs of current residents.
Our City is becoming unaffordable for many people—seniors, our youth, and everyday working folk. Like the greatest statesman of all-time Marion S. Barry, Jr., Yaida realizes that the main thing Ward 8 residents is the chance to succeed.
Yaida has worked on hundreds of civil rights cases at the local and federal level, received the Washington D.C. Super Lawyers designation for the last four years, and previously worked as legislative counsel to the DC Council Committee on Human Services on issues relating to workforce development, social services, youth affairs, homelessness, disability services, and children and family services. Yaida was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society and was the only Ward 8 resident to staff its first offices at the Big Chair and THEARC. A tireless advocate for equal opportunity Yaida served on the Steering Committee for the Fair Budget Coalition whose mission is to advocate for equity in our city’s budget priorities. Yaida has also served on the Board of Directors of Youth NOW!, served as a founding member of the East of the River Casehandlers dedicated to addressing systemic legal issues facing residents in Ward 7 and 8, and created a professional development program for young women in Ward 8. While in law school, Yaida taught constitutional law to high school students in DC Public Schools.
Yaida’s work as a civil rights attorney would not have been possible without training from the historic Howard University School of Law. Yaida received a BA from Denison University.
Yaida understands how the Council works and what it prioritizes. Unfortunately, the needs of Ward 8 residents are often overlooked in the absence of an advocate who is keen on understanding policy and how it affects people. Yaida considers it an honor to run for the seat once held by Marion S. Barry, Jr. She looks forward to serving as your Councilmember.
Please entrust her with your vote on June 2, 2020.