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Johnny Ford

Founder of the World Conference of Mayors


Mayor Johnny Ford was re-elected Mayor of Tuskegee in September, 2004 after he had served as Mayor of Tuskegee previously from 1972 – 1996. A native of Alabama, he was raised in Tuskegee, the home of Tuskegee University, “the Pride of the Swift Growing South.”

Mayor Ford graduated from Washington Public Elementary School, and Tuskegee Institute High School and received his B.A. in History and Sociology from Knoxville College and his Master’s of Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. He has also received four honorary doctorate degrees.

Mayor Ford was elected State Representative in 1998, and served on the County and Municipal Government Committee, the Lee County Legislation Committee, the Health Committee, and the Tourism and Travel Committee. He served as State Representative until he was re-elected Mayor of Tuskegee in 2004. Founder of the World Conference of Mayors, Inc., he also serves as President of Johnny Ford and Associate, Inc. He is also a President Emeritus and a Founder of the National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc., a former member of the Alabama Foreign Trade Commission, and the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority. He also has served as Chairman of the National Utility Alliance. Mayor Ford chairs the National Policy Alliance which is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Mayor Ford has served as a former US Presidential Appointee to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Federalism, and the US Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade. He was reappointed by President George W. Bush to the Policy Committee in 2004. A past President of the Alabama League of Municipalities, he is the first African American in Alabama history to be elected to this statewide position. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, the Founding President of the Tuskegee Optimist Club, and is a member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, the home church of Dr. Booker T. Washington.


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