Eric Ward

Race Forward

Eric K. Ward is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy. He brings over three decades of leadership in community organizing and philanthropy to Race Forward, having worked with leaders from government, law enforcement, business, and civil rights groups to advance civil rights work. Eric also serves on the boards of several organizations.

An author, in-demand speaker, and media source, Eric has written multiple works and has been quoted in various widely read mainstream media outlets. His singer-songwriter talents helped launch the Western States Center Inclusive Democracy Culture Lab.  In 2021, Eric became the first American recipient of the Civil Courage Price, adding to the awards and distinctions he has received throughout his career, including the Peabody-Facebook Futures Media Award.

His previous work in philanthropy includes holding various positions with Atlantic Philanthropies and the Ford Foundation.