David Ford was a member of The Group from 1981 through the 1990s. David was elected president of the organization after the first president, Howard Cole, left in about 1985/6, and continued in that role through the early to mid 1990s. Once joining The Group, David photographed and participated in many events, was involved with membership outreach, and newsletter work in the early years of the organization. David photographed much of Team Colorado at the 1990 Gay Games III in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
For almost 30 years David worked for the City and County of Denver in many planning and project management roles, serving as US HUD’s Bridges to Work Project Manager, New Airport Employment Office Project Manager, Youth Programs and Special Projects Coordinator, Human Resources Manager, Planning and Policy Analyst, Senior Planner, Grants Writer and Workforce Board Liaison within the Office of Economic Development’s Workforce Development Division. Mr. Ford was also part of Denver’s team to launch Greenprint Denver and the 311 Call Center and was a 2006 Denver Fellow in Urban Government. David retired from his positions with the City and County of Denver in 2016.
Prior to his work with the City and County of Denver, David was Planner and Assistant Director of the Policy and Planning Division of the Colorado Office of Energy Conservation (now Governor’s Energy Office) from 1977 to 1982, and Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator for the Denver Regional Council of Governments from 1982 to 1985. He also was a Consultant and Planning Assistant for the City of Tucson Planning Department from 1975 to 1977. Prior to his graduate studies he worked in the banking industry in Colorado Springs.
David worked in local, state, and regional planning and management positions in the almost 40 years of his career since receiving his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Arizona in 1977. David earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Colorado College in 1972.