Chief Executive Officer

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. 


Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including tenures as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

Ford is a champion of multimodal transportation, walkable neighborhoods, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development; and known for industry-leading insights and thought leadership on international transportation issues from trade and study missions around the world.

Under Ford’s leadership, the JTA was recognized as the winner of the 2016 APTA Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award. He has received numerous awards for his transformational programs and initiatives, including the White House Champion of Change. He was named “Ultimate CEO” by the Jacksonville Business Journal, inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame and was honored with the 2019 “Thought Leader” Award by The Eno Center for Transportation.

In the six years he has been in Jacksonville, Ford was chairman of the city’s 2015 “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” campaign and the 2016 recipient of the Jacksonville Urban League’s Clanzel T. Brown Sr. Award. He was also recognized by the Jacksonville Council of the Blind at its 2016 annual White Cane Ball.

Ford serves on the boards of several nonprofits, including vice chair of the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries. He is a past member of the United Way Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees for Daniel Kids.

Under Ford’s leadership, JTA employees have embraced community causes including the Clara White Mission to feed the homeless and Sulzbacher Village. The Authority has also started an internship program to prepare college students for careers in transportation.

Ford holds an Executive MBA from the Davis School of Business at Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in organizational leadership from Mercer University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Consortium Program at Emory University, has completed executive training at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and recently became a published author.