Dr. Maranda C. Ward is an assistant professor at The George Washington University. Her research is translated into practice as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Promising Futures. Working as a community educator with program development, evaluation, grant writing and management experiences, her presentations span from urban youth identity and maternal mortality to teaching empathy to health professionals and combating the social conditions that produce structural violence. Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed her to fill the Ward 8 seat on the DC Commission on Health Equity.
She earned her doctoral degree (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction from The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, her master’s degree (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University School of Public Health, and her bachelor’s degree (BA) in Sociology and Anthropology from Spelman College.