Proudly serving on the Memphis City Council representing District 6

Ed Ford Jr.

Councilman Edmund Ford, Jr. has represented District 6 of the Memphis City Council since January 1, 2008 after defeating ten candidates and winning a runoff election 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. He was reelected by his constituency in October 2011 with 64% of the electorate against three opponents. In 2013, he served as the Memphis City Council Chairman.

He is currently the lead Algebra 1 teacher at Central High School where he graduated in 1996 at the age of 16. His passion for education influenced him to establish the Ford Gateway Tutoring Fund, a nonprofit 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 750 students.

Councilman Ford’s political philosophy is one that instills promoting social wellness while being fiscally conservative and responsible. During his eight years as an elected legislator, Ford has focused on economic development, job creation, and fiscal sustainability for the City. Moreover, Ford has always supported funds for local parks, libraries, golf courses, and community centers. While attaining funds for these services, Councilman Ford has always been able to keep the City’s finances “within budget”, never voting for a property tax increase higher than the certified tax rate. This message resonates throughout the District he represents. His priorities are to “put Memphis first” when promoting participation, prosperity, and peace.

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Education, Experience, and Honors


Tennessee State University

  • Doctorate of Education, Higher Education Administration, May 2012
  • Educational Specialist Degree, Administration and Supervision, May 2005
Vanderbilt University
  • Two Years of PhD Graduate Study, Leadership and Policy Studies
Tennessee State University
  • Masters of Science, Mathematical Sciences with an Emphasis in Technology, December 2001
Tennessee State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science, May 2000


Cornell University

  • Cornell University Leadership and Strategic Management Program, Executive Leadership Certificate
University of Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service, Local Government Leadership Program Certificate


  • Board Member, Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council (TREEDC)
  • Alternate Director, Tennessee Municipal League, 8th District
  • Secretary, Tennessee Municipal League, 8th District
  • Advisory Board Member, UCAN (You Can Achieve Now) of Memphis


Memphis City Council, District 6

  • Elected to Memphis City Council in November 2007 at the age of 28
  • Re-elected to the Memphis City Council in October 2011 with 64% of the electorate
  • Served as 2012 Memphis City Council Vice-Chairman
  • Served as 2013 Memphis City Council Chairman
Vanderbilt University
  • Vanderbilt University Graduate Fellow, Office of Innovation through Technology, Provost Office


  • Founder/Executive Director, Ford Gateway Tutoring Fund
  • Chairman, City of Memphis Government Efficiency Sub-Committee (Mayor Transition Team)
  • Chairman, City of Memphis 2014 Healthcare Advisory Board
  • Board Member, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton’s Transition Team
  • Board Member, Mayor AC Wharton’s Revenue Enhancement Sub-Committee
  • Board Member, Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford's Task Force on Core City Development, Redevelopment, and Revitalization
  • Member, Capital Improvement Project/Engineering Sub-Committee (Mayor Transition Team)
  • Legislative Liaison, Downtown Memphis Commission
  • Legislative Liaison, Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA)
  • Legislative Liaison, Memphis Housing Authority
  • Former Board Member, Memphis Cook Convention Center


  • Tri-State Defender 50 Men of Excellence (2013)
  • Co-Sponsor of the renaming of downtown Linden Avenue for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2012)
  • Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 under Forty (2011)
  • Memphis City Schools/Shelby County Schools TEM Level 5 Educator (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Leadership Memphis Executive Program (2010)
  • ETS Recognition of Excellence Award in Mathematics: Top 15 Percent in Content Knowledge (2000)
  • Golden Key National Honor Society (2000)
  • Various Community Service Awards


  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
  • Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Incorporated (Life Member)
  • Bluebird Park Estates Neighborhood Association (former Vice-President)
  • McCorkle Road Neighborhood Development Association
  • Memphis Area Association of Realtors®
  • Orange Mound Lodge of Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge #357
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Incorporated (Life Loyal Member)
  • Tennessee State University Alumni Association – Shelby County Chapter
  • Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands Alumni Member