Associate Administrator for Civil Rights
Linda Ford serves as the Associate Administrator for the FTA Office of Civil Rights. In this capacity, she manages the day-to-day activities of the office including personnel matters, program streamlining efforts, policy and guidance formulation, customer service standards, and outreach and technical assistance activities. Previously, Ms. Ford served as the Assistant Chief Counsel for the Legislation and Regulations Division in the FTA Chief Counsel’s Office. In this capacity, she provided advice in a number of areas including Congressional meetings and testimony, drafting assistance for legislation and regulations, and the development of guidance documents, circulars, and policy statements.
Ms. Ford also served as Senior Advisor to the Administrator from January 2007 until March of 2008. In that position, she served as the Continuous Improvement Coordinator and was responsible for several continuous improvement initiatives throughout the agency. She also advised the Administrator regarding transit funding, and safety and security issues. Prior to joining FTA in 2005, Ms. Ford was a Senior Attorney in the Office of Regulation and Enforcement, DOT Office of the General Counsel, where she handled regulations on commercial space transportation, hazardous materials, pipeline safety, and railroad safety.
Before moving to Washington, D.C. in May 2001, Ms. Ford served as an Environmental Law Judge for the Office of Environmental Adjudication in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also served as a Deputy Attorney General handling environmental litigation for the Indiana Attorney General’s Office and worked as an attorney for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management handling hazardous waste issues.
Ms. Ford received her J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, and a B.S. from Purdue University. She is also a member of the Indiana Bar.