Ginger Ward

Ginger Ward is CEO of Southwest Human Development, and a Board Member of ZERO TO THREE.

Ginger Ward

Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Human Development

Contributions to the Field

Ginger Ward is CEO of Southwest Human Development. Founded in 1981 with a staff of only six serving 175 children and families, Southwest Human Development has grown to be Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development with more than 850 employees serving 135,000 young children and their families each year. Under Ginger’s direction, the agency has established a national reputation for leadership and high-quality services in the early childhood fields of education, mental health, family support, disabilities services, and training.


. American Academy of Pediatrics, Arizona Chapter Board of Directors; BUILD Steering Committee; Children’s Action Alliance Health and Early Care and Education; Educare Arizona Board of Directors; Educare Leadership Council; First Things First South Phoenix Regional Partnership Council; Arizona State Department of Economic Security Child Care Advisory Committee; Healthy Families Steering Committee; Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Task Force; Maricopa County Family Support Alliance Steering Committee; and the Arizona Governor’s Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

She is also a member of the following professional organizations: Arizona Infant Mental Health Coalition, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and, ONE – Organization for Nonprofit Executives.

Recent Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published

Ginger has received Founder’s Award—AZ Business Magazine’s Industry Leaders of Arizona (2016); AZ Business Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Women in Business (2014 & 2015); Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO (2010); Business Journal’s—Best Places to Work (2009); Business Journal’s—Best Places to Work (2008); Phoenix Theatre’s Women Who Care Outstanding Achievement Award (2008); City of Phoenix Golden Heart Award (2007); Children’s Action Alliance Champion for Children (2006); and Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Girl Scouts World of Children Award (2002).