Hali Ford

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Contestant Profile
Born: July 20, 1989 (1989-07-20) (age 28)
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Law Student
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Worlds Apart
Tribe(s): Nagarote
Finish: 11/18
Alliance(s): Nagarote Alliance
Challenge Wins: 5
Votes Against: 8
Days Lasted: 22
Game Changers
Tribe(s): Mana
Maku Maku
Finish: 13/20
Challenge Wins: 4
Votes Against: 8
Days Lasted: 21

Hali Ford is a contestant from Survivor: Worlds Apart and Survivor: Game Changers.

She is remembered for her time in Worlds Apart likeability and endearing personality quirks, including her enthusiasm for American symbols and the U.S. Constitution. She was a core member of the Nagarote Alliance that was ultimately outmaneuvered by the Escameca Alliance after the merge, resulting in her elimination.

Returning in Game Changers, Hali vowed to change her game entirely to advance her further. However, due to poor luck and inability to get into the original Nuku stronghold, Hali became the underdog at the start of the merge. While she was initially the secondary target at the start of the merge, Cirie Fields and Zeke Smith turned the majority of the castaways on her. Ultimately, she became the first member of the jury yet again.


Retrieved from

Name (Age): Hali Ford (25)
Tribe Designation: No Collar
Current Residence: San Francisco, CA
Occupation: Law Student
Personal Claim to Fame: Catching a huuuge wave last winter in Kauai.
Inspiration in Life: Clara S. Foltz- First female lawyer on the west coast and inventor of public defense. I admire her trail-blazing approach to law and life. My law school, UC Hastings, refused to admit her based on sex, so she sued them and graduated at the top of her class (while raising five children).
Hobbies: Surfing, jiu jitsu, motorcycles and whatever comes my way.
What is your favorite sport? Jiu-jitsu and surfing.
Pet Peeves: Not maximizing time and resources.
3 Words to Describe You: Tenacious, free and focused.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Law school bar review book - so I can stay sharp, plus it doubles as a journal 2. A pen and journal - to map out strategy 3. Ukulele - because it lifts the spirits and could become useful in other, non-musical ways
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati Shallow because she is fun and vivacious, but more than meets the eye, always planning, calculating risks both strategic and social. She is physically strong and undaunted by rejection and resistance. We also have matching tats.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The game itself. It is the ultimate personal challenge and something to tell the grandkids.
Why You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I'm inimitably resourceful. Last summer, I caught a fish in a plastic grocery bag while camping and cleaned and cooked the fish for friends. I'm upbeat and fun, so surviving socially will be no sweat. I also perform well under pressure.
Why Will You Be the Sole Survivor: I grab everything I do by the horns and don't let go until I get what I want. Survivor will be no different.[1]

Age: 26
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Previously played on: Season 30: White, Blue, No Collar, Finished 11th & Jury Member
How have you changed since the last time you played? I’m back with a honed sense of self, a new passion for Survivor, and a vendetta from my wasted last game.
What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? I easily make strong social connections with many personality types, I'm resourceful and handy when it comes to living off the land, and I'm decently smart. I'd say the most valuable skill I've learned since my last game is how to play Survivor. I've also become a bonafide criminal-defense attorney, which involves battling cop shenanigans on the daily, which I expect may be a thing in this game.
What are you most proud of from the last time? NOTHING. Honestly, I would not put my name on anything I did in the last game.
What, if anything, do you most regret? EVERYTHING. But if I must name only one regret, it has to be failing to switch strategies immediately at the merge.
How will you play differently this time? My head and heart were everywhere but in the game last time. This time, I'm going balls-to-the-wall. If it's a crime to play Survivor with abandon, take me to jail after the final Tribal Council. We've got some heavyweights in this game and I'm ready to claim their titles.[2]


Worlds Apart

Hali was on the Nagarote (no collar tribe), on which she quickly formed a bond with Jenn Brown. Her tribe won the first Immunity Challenge so they avoided Tribal Council on Day 3. However, they lost on Day 6. After the challenge they formed an alliance with Joe Anglim, and decided to target Nina Poersch for complaining that she was deaf all the time when she didn't need too. At Tribal Council, the votes were split between Jenn and Vince Sly. However, Will Sims flipped to Hali's alliance and voted against Vince, he was blindsided in a 3-2-1 vote which shocked everyone. After losing immunity on Day 8, while Hali and Nina voted against Will to split the vote, the rest of her tribemates eliminated Nina. However, the no collars won immunity on Day 11 keeping them safe from Tribal Council. On Day 12, a tribe switch occurred. They lost their leader Joe and gained White collars Carolyn Rivera, Max Dawson, and Shirin Oskooi and blue collar Kelly Remington. The new no collar tribe lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 14. The tribe was getting annoyed with Shirin and Max because they were always strategizing so they were deciding which one of them they should eliminate. They eventually decided to eliminate Max. Carolyn betrayed her alliance with Shirin and Max and joined Hali and the others. At Tribal Council, Max was blindsided. They won immunity on Day 16 after the blue collars threw the challenge.

On Day 17, the tribes merged. Hali and Jenn were happy to get Joe back in their alliance and Shirin joined their side. Joe won immunity on Day 19. Before Tribal Council, Jenn told Hali she had the Hidden Immunity Idol. At Tribal Council, Jenn played her idol negating the seven votes cast against her blindsiding Kelly in a 4-1-0 vote which made Hali, Joe, and Shirin happy. On Day 22, Hali was targeted by the blue collar alliance because Joe won immunity. They tried to get Sierra on their side and then targeted Dan because of his misogynistic comments. Sierra was willing to flip if they could secure Tyler's vote to reach the majority of six. However, at Tribal Council, Sierra and Tyler stuck with their alliance and Hali was blindsided in a 7-4 vote which shocked her and her alliance.

At the Final Tribal Council, Hali asked Carolyn how her role as a mother disadvantaged her in the game and Carolyn explained that she fought hard despite being much older than most of the other castaways. At the end, Hali voted for Mike who won by a 6-1-1 jury vote. 

Voting History

Hali's Voting History
Episode Hali's
Voted Against
1 Nagarote Tribe Immune
2 Vince -
3 Will -
4 Nagarote Tribe Immune
5 Max -
6 Nagarote Tribe Immune
7 Kelly Will
8 Dan Carolyn, Dan, Mike,
Rodney, Sierra, Tyler, Will
Voted Off, Day 22
Voted For
Sole Survivor

Game Changers

Hali started on Mana. Mana lost the first immunity challenge. At Tribal Council, Hali joined the majority in voting out Ciera Eastin. Mana lost the second immunity challenge. Hali, Troyzan Robertson, and Sandra Diaz-Twine plotted to get Tony Vlachos out. Tony was voted out at the subsequent tribal council. Both Hali and Caleb Reynolds remained on Mana after the Tribe Switch and were joined by Nuku's Brad Culpepper, Debbie Wanner, Tai Trang, and her fellow Worlds Apart castmate Sierra Dawn Thomas. Both Hali and Caleb appeared to be on the outs. While Mana lost immunity on Day 9, Hali was spared when the majority voted out Caleb. With Caleb gone, Hali was the target. On Day 11, Tavua won immunity, but the losing tribes (Nuku and Mana) had to go to a Joint Tribal Council and vote out one member instead of two. At Tribal Council, Hali plotted with Nuku about blindsiding Brad, however, she ended up sticking with her group when it came down to it, and her former Mana tribe mate who was now on Nuku Malcolm Freberg was blindsided after Tai played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Sierra. She, along with Brad and Sierra, remained on Mana after the second tribe switch. However, Hali and Michaela Bradshaw appeared to be on the outs.

Hali, along with Troyzan, Michaela, and Aubry Bracco were the only original Mana members to reach the merge. Hali and Michaela became the targets for being the outsiders. While Hali was originally the secondary target, Cirie Fields and Zeke Smith managed to turn the vote on her. At Tribal Council, Hali was blindsided. She finished in 13th place, and became the first member of the jury again.

At the Final Tribal Council, she voted for Sarah Lacina to win which she did in a 7-3-0 vote for Brad and Troyzan.

Voting History

Hali's Voting History
Episode Hali's
Voted Against
1 Ciera -
Tony -
2 Caleb Caleb


4 Mana Tribe Immune
5 Mana Tribe Immune
6 Mana Tribe Immune
7 Zeke Aubry, Brad, Debbie,
Ozzy, Sierra, Tai, Troyzan
Voted Off, Day 21
Voted For
Sole Survivor


  • Hali got engaged on July 1, 2017.[3]


Statistics of Hali Ford
Seasons competed: 2
Days lasted: 43
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins: 9
Individual wins: 0
Total wins: 9
Tribal Council
Total votes received: 16
Exile Island
Times exiled: 0
Redemption Island
Duels won: N/A
Days spent on Redemption Island: N/A
  • Hali is the only person from the original Nagarote tribe to not have any votes cast against her before the merge.
    • Ironically, both Tribal Councils she attended after the merge, she received votes.
  • Hali lost 6.4 lbs. (2.9 kg) during her time in Survivor: Worlds Apart.[4]
  • Hali is the only Survivor: Game Changers castaway to stay on the same tribe at the first switch, and still be in the game at the second switch.
    • By extension, she is the only one to remain on the same tribe for the entire pre-merge stage.
  • Both times Hali played, she was voted out in the eighth episode, both times becoming the first member of the jury.
    • Additionally, she was voted out at her fifth tribal council both times she played, and was voted out with seven votes both times.
  • Hali lost 2.4 lbs. during her time in Game Changers.[5]