Barry Ford, J.D.

Closing Plenary Keynote

Barry Ford, J.D., is president and CEO of Council for a Strong America. Prior to joining the staff of Council for a Strong America, Ford served as the director of public affairs and advocacy for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), where he led the association’s efforts to build and deepen its relationships with policymakers at every level of government and expand the availability of quality tennis programming and facilities throughout the country. Ford earlier was president for external relations at The After-School Corporation (TASC), now ExpandED Schools, worked as a local lobbyist in New York City, was a two-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, and was an associate with the international law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He is chair of the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers steering committee, a board member of the Afterschool Alliance, and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.