Chief Executive Officer


Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. 

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and 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. He has been active in APTA for more than 18 years serving in multiple leadership roles, including Vice Chair of the Management and Finance Committee, and Secretary/Treasurer.

Mr. Ford has built a legacy of organizational leadership, fiscal acumen and innovation throughout his distinguished career. He 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 to Australia, China, France, New Zealand, Russia, Cuba and Portugal.

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 an active member of the local Jacksonville community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries, and United Way of Northeast Florida, and is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Florida.

He has received numerous awards for his transformational programs and initiatives, 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 named “Ultimate CEO” by the Jacksonville Business Journal and received the Urban League’s Clanzel T. Brown Award for diversity programs. Under Ford’s leadership, the JTA was recognized as the winner of the 2016 APTA Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award.

 Mr. 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.  Mr. Ford and his wife, Jannet, are the proud parents of six children.