Travis Spencer

Head of  Supplier Diversity & Inclusion
Travis is responsible for driving diversity and inclusion among Ford’s strategic partners and supply chain. He accomplishes this by connecting minority, women, veteran, disabled, LGBTQ and small business enterprises to Ford and its Tier 1 suppliers. Travis believes that economic empowerment for diverse suppliers and their corresponding communities is the epitome for what it means to drive human progress… Thus ultimately delivering Ford’s vision of Creating a Better Tomorrow. Travis brings a strong professional business acumen in Corporate Purchasing & Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Program Management, and Negotiation along with an academic focus in Accounting, Finance, and Business Ethics.

Marisa Pappalardo

Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (SD&I) Manager
Marisa has held various roles throughout the purchasing organization, including her most recent position in the SD&I office.  In her daily role, Marisa engages in corporate wide Supplier Diversity and Women in Purchasing (WIP) based initiatives. Her active involvement with these groups facilitates the improvement of the Ford corporate culture and assists with more enterprise wide business decisions. Marisa specializes in advanced complex negotiations, strategic sourcing, and gap analysis work streams, etc. She works diligently with the supply base to support supplier growth through coaching, mentoring, and training on Ford policies and processes to improve working relationships in a manner that is in accordance with and fully embraces Ford’s aligned business framework (ABF) principles. Marisa is a strong advocate and supports initiatives that expedite efforts to work with diverse businesses throughout the state of Michigan and across the United States.

Brian Lloyd

Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (SD&I) Manager
Brian Lloyd a new addition to the Supplier Diversity & Inclusion team brings a wealth of knowledge, strong leadership capabilities and a solid foundation in data analytics.  Brian’s Ford background includes successful roles throughout the organization, including Program Management, Operations Purchasing, Commodity Core Purchasing (Seats), and Strategic Analysis. He has built a strong list of core competencies including data analysis, strategic planning, diverse thinking and being highly results-driven. While new to the Supplier Diversity environment, Brian is excited to help drive Ford’s leadership position in the Supplier Diversity space to the next level.

Candice Sparkes

Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Business Analyst.
A dynamic People First professional with a record of achievement and demonstrated success in employee engagement, labor relations, coaching/performance management, global strategic planning and communications. Candice has more than 15 years of experience in operations management, human resources, and business consulting. She is a strategic thinker who advocates for diversity and inclusion, community involvement and professional development. In her current role she is responsible for supporting all diverse suppliers in Indirect purchasing, internal and external diverse training, data management and communications. She supports various advocacy groups including WBENC, Great Lakes Women Business Council, WBECanada, WEConnect International, SBA and NGLCC and supports supplier development programs and initiatives such as MentorMe and MentorWE.

Sanaa Saad

Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Business Analyst.
Sanaa, a new addition to the SD&I team has over  8 years of experience in purchasing, including Program Management, Launch and Commodity Purchasing. She is a self-motivated professional, successful in seizing viable opportunities and innovation in multiple industries. She has served on the Global Purchasing Diversity Council for 4 years and continues to advocate making the world a better place, while putting People First. She is responsible for for managing all diverse suppliers throughout production purchasing, supports CAMSC, MHCC, NABS and NBL advocacy groups, as well as facilitating events and advertisements.