Meet the Board
Christopher T. Ford, USAF (Ret.)
Founder and CEO of NAVSO (National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations)
Lt. Colonel Ford is a champion for veterans and military families, he is an advocate for solutions that eliminate barriers to the successful transition and reintegration of service members and their families. As the CEO of NAVSO, he is able to express his passion and commitment to bringing together concerned parties and improve outcomes for veterans and military families. Chris is often sought out to advise and assist public and private organizations striving to improve their programs and services for those who have sacrificed much in the defense of our Nation.
Colonel Ford a 20-year Air Force veteran who retired in 2014 from the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served in the Chairman’s Office of Warrior and Family Support. In this role, he leveraged his broad perspectives to assist communities across America seeking to improve the landscape for veteran reintegration. Trained as a physical security professional, he previously served in nearly a dozen countries around the globe to include assignments at The Pentagon on the Joint Staff as the Deputy Director for Security; in Iraq as the squadron commander of the Air Force’ largest expeditionary combat squadron; at the Air Force Headquarters as a war plans officer and eventually as a legislative liaison; and at a variety of operational and staff positions at the flight, squadron, and wing levels. He hold a Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Air Force Academy, and two Master’s Degrees; one from the University of South Carolina and one from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Chris was deployed in support of Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom and earned many decorations and awards including the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor.
Chris Ford currently serves as CEO of the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO). His entrepreneurship, leadership, and passion have moved NAVSO from theoretical concept to public launch in 2014 and have positioned NAVSO to answer the long-demanded call for a national collaborative association for the Nation’s 40,000+ veteran-/military-serving organizations. NAVSO is poised to serve as a trusted, neutral convener stitching together like-minded public and private organizations seeking to deliver more effective and efficient services to veterans and military families where they need them most.