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Jill Ford

City of Detroit
Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jill Ford heads the city of Detroit’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. She came to Detroit from the San Francisco Bay Area, where as an angel investor and advisor she transformed emerging businesses using strategies forged in mobile gaming. Ms. Ford brings a wealth of global leadership in the mobile and games industries. Her experience includes heading Disney Mobile’s worldwide distribution to mobile manufacturers and running Motorola’s global games usage. Ms. Ford (who has traveled to more than 15 countries) also ran a company in Ghana that discovered, developed, and funded new entrepreneurs. She combines a Wharton MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard University.