Angela D. Henderson is the Ford Motor Company Racial Equity Director and was appointed by CEO Jim Farley in late 2020. In this role, Angela identifies and disrupts structural and systemic inequitable patterns throughout the employee journey to foster a culture of belonging.
Prior to this role, Angela was Purchasing Director, Utility, Autonomous and Electric Vehicles, responsible for ensuring purchasing deliverables for the launch of 34 global vehicles for Ford and Lincoln. Angela holds leadership roles in Ford’s African Ancestry Network (FAAN) ERG, Women of Ford Purchasing and the Culture Cabinet. She is also an executive mentor.
She began her career at Ford in 1997 in Manufacturing Body Construction as a Dimensional Management Engineer for five years before transitioning to Product Development where she worked in Diesel platform Warranty Reduction taskforces and Forward Model Program Management. Angela spent the latter half of her career in Procurement where she was the Head of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, Purchasing Program Manager for EcoSport, Super Duty, and Fiesta as well as Central Buyer for Powertrain Emission Components.
With international work experiences in Mexico, Germany and a three-year expat assignment in Camacari, Brazil, she brings experience in leading diverse and inclusive teams in planning, procurement and launch to deliver. Angela was presented with the 2019 Emerging Leaders Award by Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Push Coalition, for her diverse leadership efforts inside of Ford, with suppliers, other corporations and in the community.
Angela graduated from Marygrove College with a Bachelors Degree in Business and obtained a Masters of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University. She is a mom to four children who are just as committed to diversity and social justice as she is, and lives with her husband in Michigan.