Edmund Ford, Jr.
Councilman Edmund Ford, Jr. was elected to the City Council as the District 6 representative in November 2007, making him the youngest African-American ever to be elected to the Council and the second youngest overall at the age of 28. Dr. Ford recently served as the 2013 Memphis City Council Chairman. He is currently a mathematics teacher at Central High School where he graduated in 1996 at the age of 16. Dr. Ford is the oldest child of former Councilman Edmund Ford, Sr. and Myrna Ford.
During his tenure as Councilman, he has performed public service in both local and state capacities. Locally, he has served as legislative liaison to MATA, the Memphis Housing Authority and the Cook Convention Center. Councilman Ford, Jr. also served on Mayor AC Wharton’s Transition Team as Chairman of the Government Efficiency Sub-Committee and a member of the CIP/Engineering Sub-Committee. In 2013, he served on Mayor Wharton’s Revenue Enhancement Subcommittee. He has served on several committees, including serving as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee and Housing and Community Development Committee. He was also a member of Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford's Task Force on Core City Development, Redevelopment, and Revitalization. This year, Councilman Ford, Jr. will serve as legislative liaison to the Downtown Memphis Commission and the City of Memphis Healthcare Advisory Board.
Regionally, Dr. Ford is an advisory board member of the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council (TREEDC) whose mission is to interconnect renewable energy resources with statewide economic development. He is also Secretary for the Tennessee Municipal League’s 8th District. In 2009, he completed the Local Government Leadership Program at the Jimmy Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership, an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service. In 2013, he was a graduate of the Cornell University Executive Leadership and Strategic Management Program.
In 2012, after many unsuccessful attempts over the years, Dr. Ford co-sponsored a unanimously passed resolution to rename a significant portion of downtown Linden Avenue to Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Avenue. This avenue represents the last street marched on by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the historic sanitation strike which introduced the world to the “I AM A MAN” slogan before his assassination in 1968.
Councilman Ford, Jr.’s most recent accomplishments include being a member of the 2010 Executive Class of Leadership Memphis, 2011 Memphis Business Journal’s Top Forty under 40, and named as a 2012 Memphis City Schools TEM Level 5 educator which is a ranking bestowed to teachers who demonstrate “significantly above expectations” in several teacher effectiveness measures. Last year, Dr. Ford was named as one of the Tri-State Defender’s 50 Men of Excellence.
Dr. Ford established the Ford Gateway Tutoring Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization that fosters the academic success of Algebra students and incentivizes proficient and advanced-level mastery on the state end-of-course examinations. Presently, the non-profit organization has benefited over 500 students.
Councilman Ford, Jr. graduated cum laude from Tennessee State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science and a Master of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences with an emphasis in Technology. During that time, he was an inductee into the Golden Key National Honor Society. At the age of 22, he was accepted into Vanderbilt University's doctoral program at the George Peabody College of Education where he performed two years of PhD work in the area of Leadership and Policy Studies. During his years at Vanderbilt, he assisted nationally renowned Professor James C. Hearn with the completion and publication of the text, “Diversifying Campus Revenue Streams: Opportunities and Risks.” Ford received an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision in 2005 and an earned doctoral degree in the same field with a concentration in Higher Education Administration in May 2012. His dissertation was titled, “Faculty Perceptions of Information Technology and Its Perceived Usefulness at a Public, Urban University in Tennessee.”
Dr. Ford is former Vice-President of the Bluebird Park Estates Neighborhood Association and current member of the McCorkle Road Neighborhood Development Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc., and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Inc., the largest service fraternity in the nation. Local affiliations include the TSU Alumni Association (Shelby County Chapter) and the Orange Mound Lodge of Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons. Councilman Ford serves on the Steward Board at Ford Chapel AME Zion Church in south Memphis where he has been a lifelong member.