Harold Ford

  • Former U.S. Representative
  • Former Chairman Democratic Leadership Council
  • NBC News Analyst

Ford’s charisma and razor-sharp wit takes audiences right into the heart of Washington’s inner sanctum, shedding a light on the complexities of today's bipartisan government. Drawing from his years of public service as a former Congressman, Ford explores the steps that Democrats and Republicans need to take to find common ground on such pressing issues as trade, taxes, and energy reform legislation. He discusses ways to grow America’s economy, strengthen our moral stature and standing in the world, make America safer and stronger through a revolution in clean energy technologies, and modernize our military to better defend ourselves against the enemies of democracy and tolerance around the world. Ford’s non-partisan conjecture provides a bona-fide finger on the pulse of Washington DC.


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Harold Ford has appeared at the Chamber's annual conference in a variety of roles proving to be a dynamic, engaging stage presence. Whether on stage as a keynote, moderating a conversation, or participating in an intellectual discussion during an intimate CEO roundtable, Harold is a hit!

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  • Gresham Partners, LLC
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
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On the Pulse of Washington


The Road Ahead: How the Obama Administration and Congress Can Achieve Progress for America


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Harold Ford, Jr. served Tennessee in the United States Congress for 10 years. As the former chair of the Democratic Leadership Council, an organization that has long been at the forefront of the reform movement, Ford became close to the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party and was described by President Bill Clinton as “the walking, living embodiment of where America ought to go in the 21st century.”

Both during and following his tenure in Congress, Ford has been a longtime supporter of small and mid-size businesses, as well as a staunch advocate for fiscal and economic reform. As an unapologetic supporter of the historic energy renaissance the country has undergone over the last decade, Ford continues to be one of energy reform’s leading voices. Since leaving office in 2007, he continues to work diligently to promote healthy non-partisan debate on today’s most pressing issues, both in Washington and in communities across the country. With profound changes to America’s political landscape set to take place following the midterm elections of November 2014, Ford helps organizational and political leaders understand what the Obama administration and congress can do to make progress on the key hot-button issues that can move the country forward.

Currently, Ford serves as a political analyst and contributor for CNBC and MSNBC, and a Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.