George Washington University. College of William & Mary.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of William and Mary in 1972, and his Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from George Washington University in 1975. Ambassador (r) Charles A.Ford is President of CAF International, Limited Liability Company, an international market development and strategic communication/change management consultancy. Previously, Ford served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) at the Commerce Department.
In this role, he managed a $270 million budget and 1400 employees located in more than 70 countries.
From 2008–2009, he served as the Advisor on Public-Private Partnerships to the Commander of United States. Southern Command. He served as the United States. Ambassador to Honduras from 2005-2008.
He served as a Commercial Minister at the United States. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Commercial Counselor, United States. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.
Commercial Minister, United States. Embassy in London, United Kingdom.
Commercial Attaché, United States. Embassy in Guatemala. Commercial Consul, United States. Consulate in Barcelona, Spain. Commercial Attaché, United States. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
From 1990–1994, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Operations of the USFCS and as Director of Latin American Trade Policy in the Commerce Department"s International Trade Administration.
He is on the boards of several organizations, including: the PDI defense group. The Thomas Jefferson School of Public Policy at the College of William and Mary.
The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy at George Washington University. And the DACOR Bacon House Foundation, an organization of foreign affairs professionals.
Further, from 2003–2005, he was a Vice President of AFSA representing USFCS. Ambassador Ford obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of William and Mary, and his M.A.in Latin American Studies from the George Washington University.
He is fluent in Spanish. Born in Dayton Ohio, Ford lives in the Washington District of Columbia They have two adult children, Monica Ann and Michael Arthur.
As a member of the United States Foreign Commercial Service since 1982, Ford has had an extensive experience in Europe and Latin America. Ambassador Ford is the Treasurer of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) and he is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs.