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Travis Spencer

Head of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion
Ford Motor Company

Travis Spencer is the Senior Purchasing Manager for
Supplier Diversity & Inclusion at Ford Motor
Company. In this role, 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. He is a graduate of the
University of Detroit Mercy, a private Jesuit institution known for its emphasis on service and servant
leadership. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration,
but most importantly, he learned about the importance of corporate social responsibility and the impact
of economic empowerment through practical means mandated by the institution’s curriculum.
Travis is a two-time recipient of Ford Motor Company’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Summit Award,
recognized for Strengthening External Partnerships and Leveraging a Diverse Workforce.
Complimentary to his memberships with several honor societies, mentorship and community service
initiatives, Travis is an active member of Ford African-Ancestry Network (FAAN), National Black MBA
Association (NBMBAA), and University of Detroit Mercy’s Business School Advisory Board. Travis is
also on the Board of Directors and Executive Finance Committee of the Michigan Minority Supplier
Development Council (MMSDC), a Board of Directors member of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce (MHCC), a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR), a Board of Directors member
of the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, and the President of the National Minority
Supplier Development Council’s (NMSDC) Automotive Industry Group (AIG).
Travis began his career at Ford in 2010 as an intern in Corporate Purchasing. Within Purchasing, he held
procurement responsibilities and managed the supply chain for several Electrical and Powertrain
commodities before transitioning to Program Management where he completed numerous assignments
on Fusion, Escape, Mustang, Explorer, Lincoln Continental, and Aviator. Travis also completed cross
functional assignments in Finance and Autonomous Vehicles Product Development Program
Management. Travis returned back to Purchasing in November of 2019, where he brings a wealth of
knowledge as the Head of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion.