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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.

In The News

Joel Ford hopes this bill can do what others haven’t – repeal HB2

After several futile legislative attempts, a Charlotte Democrat is making another try to repeal House Bill 2. Sen. Joel Ford Tuesday introduced a bill to rep...

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New HB2 Repeal Filed Just Shy of Law’s Anniversary

Just a couple of days shy of the one-year anniversary of HB2 becoming law, a new repeal has been filed. Senator Joel Ford filed SB332 Tuesday, which woul...

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Mecklenburg County State Senator Files Bill to Repeal HB2

State Senator Joel Ford (D-Mecklenburg County) has filed a bill to repeal House Bill Two on Tuesday. This comes just days before the controversial law’...

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Will HB2 help take down the mayor, too?

It’s an annual rite of voting to complain about the quality of choices we have in elections. Too many races feature too few candidates who seem worthy of t...

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Joel Ford to enter Charlotte mayoral race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Democratic state Sen. Joel Ford is entering the race to be mayor of Charlotte. Ford told Channel 9 in an exclusive interview that he is ru...

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North Carolina state Sen. Ford running for Charlotte mayor

A North Carolina state senator says he's running for mayor of Charlotte this fall, hoping to unseat incumbent Jennifer Roberts. Third-term Democratic Sen. J...

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Joel Ford makes it official: ‘I’m all in’

North Carolina Sen. Joel Ford formally announced his candidacy for Charlotte mayor Wednesday, becoming the third Democrat in the race. “It’s time for ne...

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NC Sen. Joel Ford Officially Running For Mayor

North Carolina State Senator Joel Ford is officially tossing his hat into the race for Charlotte mayor. "It's time for new leadership and a bold vision for ...

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MEDIA ALERT: Statement by State Senator Joel Ford on HB2 Repeal

STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR JOEL FORD For Additional Information Contact: Senator Joel Ford 704-350-5635 or email at joeldford@gmail.com   CHARLOTTE RESC...


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