Mrs. Karen Ford-Warner
Mrs Ford-Warner, who recently served as Open Campus Alumni Relations Consultant, brings to this new post a rich and broad range of expertise and experience both nationally and regionally in the fields of education, law, public sector management and tourism. She holds graduate degrees from Columbia University Teachers’ College (M.A. in International Educational Development), and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (Masters in Public Administration) as well as an LLB Degree from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School. Her undergraduate studies were pursued at Harvard University, from which she graduated with a BA (cum laude) in Sociology.
For over 17 years she worked in the Tourism Sector serving in various high-level positions. She served as Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) in Jamaica and for six years was the Deputy Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) based at its headquarters in Barbados. During a four-year tenure as Director General of the Tourism Division in the Office of the Prime Minister (now the Ministry of Tourism) in Jamaica, she was responsible for overall policy formulation and planning for tourism development, and initiated the process leading to the the development of Jamaica’s Tourism Master Plan. From 2005 to 2007, she was Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Technology, Jamaica.
A certified Mediator, she is also an attorney-at-law and was Chief Legal Counsel for the Jamaica Commodity Trading Company between 1987 and 1993. Prior to that she was acting Publications Officer at the School of Education, UWI, Mona and a teacher of English and History at St Hugh’s High School for Girls, her alma mater.
She has been involved in alumni relations for Harvard University as an interviewer and mentor for undergraduate students, and was a member for four years of the Alumni Executive Council of the Kennedy School.
Mrs Ford-Warner sits on various boards, including the Earl Warner Trust, a foundation dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Barbadian writer and theatre director, Earl Warner, which encourages progressive Caribbean theatre and provides scholarships for students of the performing arts in the Caribbean.