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Joel Ford, Vice President of Community Development

Joel Ford is the vice president of community Development for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. Ford joined Cardinal Innovations in February 2016 to create and execute community development strategies. As a member of the Executive leadership team, he provides leadership for developing and executing strategies to support growth and new program development for Cardinal Innovations. This will include evaluating and identifying strategic opportunities for growth and development and pursuing those opportunities based on the Company’s strategic goals and initiatives.

Previously, Ford worked as a business operations executive for StoneLaurel in Charlotte, N.C. He is a 1992 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Ford currently represents Mecklenburg County’s District 38 in the N.C. Senate.

Ford began his professional career with Waste Management of Atlanta and then returned to Charlotte, N.C. While substitute teaching in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Ford developed a business plan to launch his own waste management company. An entrepreneur at heart, he has over 20 years of successful small business experience.

Ford is committed to serving his community and in addition to serving as a state senator also has served on the Stratford-Richardson YMCA board of directors and as chairman of the Charlotte Housing Authority. Previously, he was a Board of Director for the Renaissance West Community Initiative, a non-profit organization coordinating the education and services continuum of the former Boulevard Homes public housing site into a vibrant village called The Renaissance that will offer access to educational opportunities, youth and adult development programs, health and wellness services and commercial investment.

Born in Charlotte, N.C., and raised in Belmont, N.C., Ford also is a graduate of the Institute of Political Leadership (2009) and Leadership North Carolina, Class XI. He is married to the former Deborah Lane and they have one daughter.

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