Chris Ford was elected to Lexington – Fayette Urban County Council in November 2010, and re – elected to a second term in November 2012. He represents the 1st District.
During his inaugural term, Councilman Ford led the effort to redevelop the Charles Young Community Center, improved community access & engagement as Chairman of the Lyric Theatre Board of Directors, and supported anti – violence initiatives as Chairman of the Commission on Youth Development & Public Safety.
In his second term in office, Ford has focused on improving streets, parking & traffic throughout the 1st District. In addition, he has championed social justice issues such as Voting Rights restoration, leads the Council's legislative advocacy for affordable housing, and continues his push to expand local workforce & job training program oversight in Lexington.
Councilman Ford serves as Chairman of the Council’s Social Services & Community Development Committee. He is a member of the Budget & Finance; General Government and Planning & Public Works committees. In addition, Councilman Ford is a designee to the Lexington – Fayette Board of Health, the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO), and the Town & Gown Commission.
Prior to elective office, Chris was appointed to the Lexington – Fayette Human Rights Commission. His local involvement has included volunteerism as a youth sports coach and leadership service on numerous community-based task forces and commissions.
Professionally, Mr. Ford is a licensed real estate agent & community development consultant. For nearly a decade, his career in grants & project management spanned the local, regional and state levels of government. From 2008 – 2012, he served as President & Chief Executive Officer of REACH, Inc.; a local non-profit affordable housing agency based in Lexington. Mr. Ford holds certification as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) from the National Development Council.
Chris is a native of Tallahassee, Florida, and a graduate of Florida A&M University Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS). A two-sport athlete, Chris earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Kentucky, where he was a 3-time varsity football letterman. Upon graduation at UK, Councilman Ford earned his Master of Public Administration degree from Western Kentucky University. He is a member of Historic St. Paul AME Church in Lexington. Chris and his wife, Talesha, have four (4) sons.
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