Ward-Hammond is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She first got into acting by studying improv at the local Jamaica Arts Center, and later she moved to the South and joined the improv comedy troupe, Strange Groove, and further honed her craft with classes at Premier Actors' Network. Her career started out with many notable television appearances, including NCIS: New Orleans, Complications, and Being Mary Jane.
She then did three episodes on Lee Daniel's Star, and her current role on Manifest, Captain Kate Bowers of the NYPD, was introduced in Season 2 as a regular and will be returning for Season 3. Her film credits include Jeff Nichols' Loving, The Hate U Give, Instant Family, and Just Mercy. Ward-Hammond has racked up 36 total credits in her first 7 years in the industry and she shows no signs of slowing down.