Pivot Learning Staff & Leadership

Nicodemus Ford

Senior Program Manager

Nicodemus FordNicodemus has an unwavering commitment to the transformation of youth and lives a life reflective of those ideals. Nicodemus is currently the program manager for the Rural Professional Learning and Math Placement Network with Pivot Learning.
Nicodemus has held positions with the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, advising the California Department of Education and with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Alternative High School Initiative. Nicodemus began his career in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan as a founding teacher in an inner-city high school that was designed on experiential and student centered learning. Ninety percent of the graduating class matriculated into post-secondary institutions.

After Detroit, Nicodemus worked with several organizations and institutions as a grant reviewer with the U.S. Department of Education, a consultant with the New York City Department of Education and a curriculum specialist in partnership with Stanford University. Afterwards, Nicodemus worked with Flint Public Schools, the Charles S. Mott Foundation and a local faith-based organization to author a community centered action-report titled, “A Time for Change: Creating a World Class Education System in Flint.”  He has worked as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and at Loyola Marymount University in Sacramento, California, where he taught pre-service special education teachers. He coaches teachers and principals in developing professional learning communities, designing K-12 authentic learning environments in English, Math, Social Studies and Science, and strategic planning to organize, implement, and assess impact for innovative, equitable learning to reach all parents, educators and students.

Nicodemus is passionate about youth empowerment, social justice, community organizing, educational policy, addressing issues of inequity in education and enhancing all aspects of teaching and learning to improve student lives. Nicodemus earned his undergraduate degree in History at Wayne State University and completed his Master’s in Education at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan. He currently lives and gardens with his family in sunny Sacramento, California.