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Contact: Leah Szarek, Chief External Relations Officer


WASHINGTON, DC – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced today that municipal advisor Jerry W. Ford joined the Board of Directors and will serve through
September 30, 2023. Ford will temporarily fill the position vacated by Jill Jaworski, who left earlier this month to assume the role of Chief Financial Officer for the City of Chicago.

To fill the remaining three years of Jaworski’s term, the Board is seeking applications from non-dealer municipal advisors through June 16, 2023, via the MSRB’s Board of Directors Application Portal. Additional details on the Board application process, information about Board service requirements and FAQs are available on the MSRB's website.

“We’re grateful to welcome Jerry back to the Board at this pivotal time as we consider and adopt priorities and a supporting budget for the 2024 fiscal year,” said MSRB Chair Meredith Hathorn. Ford previously served on the Board FY 2017-2020 and chaired the Board’s Finance and Stakeholder Engagement Committees, among other responsibilities. For the remainder of FY 2023, Ford will serve on both the Audit and Risk Committee and Finance Committee.

Ford is president of Ford & Associates, where he advises clients on credit, structure, and sale of new-money and refunding issues, direct placement of bank loans, use and structure of interest rate swaps, and termination of existing swaps. Prior to founding Ford & Associates, Inc., Ford worked as a public finance underwriter/banker and financial advisor for a major southeast regional bank. Before entering investment banking, Mr. Ford was a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C. and worked in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He has a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Los Angeles and a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California.

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) protects and strengthens the municipal bond market, enabling access to capital, economic growth, and societal progress in tens of thousands of communities across the country. The MSRB fulfills this mission by creating trust in our market through informed regulation of dealers and municipal advisors that protects investors, issuers and the public interest; building technology systems that power our market and provide transparency for issuers, institutions, and the investing public; and serving as the steward of market data that empowers better decisions and fuels innovation for the future. The MSRB is a self-regulatory organization governed by a board of directors that has a majority of public members, in addition to representatives of regulated entities. The MSRB is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.