Bob Ford is a familiar name in bird conservation circles, known especially as a leader in the Partners in Flight bird conservation initiative which launched in 1990 to help keep common birds common and prevent species from being listed as threatened or endangered. He helped shape the development of Partners in Flight by working with conservation leaders across federal and state governments, industry, non-government organizations at local, regional, national, and international scales to integrate science with new policy, priorities, and staffing needs. Early in his career, Bob worked for non-government organizations, state government, and industry studying birds and developing habitat management and conservation guidelines for birds. He started with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2000, and served in the Washington Office as the United States staff for the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), where he helped forge conservation partnerships between Mexico, Canada, and the United States. In addition, he was the project leader for the first "State of the Birds" report for the United States in 2009. Bob returned to the southeast region for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, serving as the agency's lead for understanding and adapting to climate change impacts to fish and wildlife populations and habitats. In 2015, Bob returned to the Headquarters of the US Fish and Wildlife Service where he is the National Coordinator for the Partners in Flight bird conservation initiative. Bob has based his career path on the foundational belief that leadership in wildlife conservation must have one foot solidly in the field and the other foot boldly advancing innovative policy for new challenges.