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Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. is the CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) in Jacksonville, Florida. Ford has held the position of CEO at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in California, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in Georgia.  Since joining the JTA in 2012, Ford has been lauded for leading the total transformation of the mid-sized agency from a local company focused on buses, roads, and bridges, into a best-in-class, regional organization that is held in high-regard locally, nationally, and even globally.  

Ford served as 2022 Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that promotes innovations, technology, and research in transportation. He also is a former chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). 

Under Ford’s leadership, JTA is currently developing an autonomous vehicle program centered on the JTA’s Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C).