Erica Ford is one of the most diligent and hard working activists of our generation.
An internationally-recognized and widely-respected peacemaker, Erica Ford has been at the forefront of reducing youth and community violence in New York City — and beyond — for over 30 years.
Believing in the power of partnership, Erica has championed personal and systemic approaches to conflict resolution worldwide. Through LIFE Camp, Inc.’s groundbreaking programs, Erica has empowered thousands of individuals and families to break the cycle of violence and promote peace. Erica’s concept for increasing safety has been adopted and implemented by New York City resulting in a 10% reduction in violence citywide.
Through the years, Erica’s dedication to reducing violence among New Yorkers has garnered countless awards, accolades, and praise by notable public figures such as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Oprah Winfrey. Her recognized leadership has brought about extensive travel and speaking gigs in prisons, community centers, high schools, college campuses, and conferences throughout the world.