Chief Executive Officer



Nathaniel P. Ford Sr is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and the current 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.

Mr. Ford has built a legacy on organizational leadership, fiscal acumen and innovation. He is a champion of multimodal transportation, walkable neighborhoods, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development. He is also an expert on industry best practices and has gained insight on international transportation issues by participating in trade/study missions to Australia, China, France, New Zealand, Russia, Cuba and Portugal.

He has been active in APTA for 18 years and has served in leadership positions including Vice Chair of the Management and Finance Committee and Secretary/Treasurer.

Ford is a member of the Transportation Research Board, where he chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In addition, Ford is the immediate past chair of the Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL).  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries and United Way of Northeast Florida.  He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Florida. He has received numerous awards for his ambitious programs and initiatives over the span of his career, including the 2017 Thomas G. Neusom Founder’s Leadership Award from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and the White House Champion of Change from former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. He was also named “Ultimate CEO” by the Jacksonville Business Journal and received the Urban League’s Clanzel T. Brown Award for diversity programs. Under his leadership, JTA was named the winner of the 2016 APTA Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award.

His educational training includes 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 and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mr. Ford and his wife, Jannet, are the proud parents of six children between them. He is also an avid golfer.