Barry D. Ford, J.D.

President and CEO

Barry Ford joined Council for a Strong America in 2015. He was named President and CEO in January 2019 after serving in the role in an acting capacity since June 2018. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President following leadership positions with Council for a Strong America’s state offices.

Barry brings more than 30 years of professional experience as a government official, lawyer, nonprofit executive, and political candidate to this position. Prior to joining the staff of Council for a Strong America, Barry 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 public sector policymakers at every level of government, and to expand the availability of quality tennis programming and facilities throughout the country.

Barry’s experience includes being a local lobbyist in New York City, a two-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, and an associate with the international law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He also has had more than a 15 year-long history as a policy advocate for quality out-of-school time programs. He is a board member of the Afterschool Alliance, and was Vice President for External Relations at The After-School Corporation (TASC), which is now ExpandED Schools.

Barry is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

Barry can be reached via his Executive Assistant, Maria Garcia, at

By Barry D. Ford, J.D.