Nathan Ford is a Legal Assistant with Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC. He joined the Rathod Mohamedbhai team in 2017 and has assisted the legal team on cases running the gamut of excessive force, to sexual harassment, to first amendment cases. Nathan is fluent in three languages other than English: Spanish, Portuguese, and French. He is passionate about social justice, and has travelled widely, both in the United States and internationally, advocating for the empowerment of different underserved communities.
Nathan graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa in 2017 with a degree in Applied Linguistics. His research interests at Grinnell focused on education rights and the intersection of education, language, and race in the contemporary political world. His senior dissertation explored how language shapes our experience of identity and belonging in the United States, particularly the experiences of immigrants whose first language is not always English. At Grinnell, Nathan dedicated much of his free time to supporting rural immigrant communities in Iowa. He worked in a number of rural communities as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor and tutor for children and adults.
He also routinely volunteered to help connect rural migrant workers and other immigrant populations to public services. He helps empower communities frequently marginalized by their immigrant status.
Education is an area that Nathan is particularly passionate about. In 2015, he interned abroad with El Colegio Ambientalista de Pejibaye, a school in Costa Rica that helps prepare high school students for college. In that capacity, he tutored dozens of students and helped prepare them for abrighter future. Also, in 2015, Nathan volunteered with the International Mission Board and served as a Portuguese language interpreter and instructor for a community development effort in Niassa, Mozambique.
In 2016, he was instrumental in starting an extra-curricular language learning program for elementary school students in Grinnell, Iowa. Nathan’s extensive work with such different communities on education and access to public resources has resulted in unique insight into cultural diversity. In the future, Nathan intends to study law. With that degree, he plans on continuing his work to protect and empower marginalized people through a variety of legal and advocacy strategies.