Ella Ward, Ph.D.


Currently serving her fourth consecutive 4-year term on the Chesapeake City Council (2006-2022), and currently serving a second 4-year term on the Christopher Newport University Board of Visitors. Retired public school teacher/administrator with 35 years of service in the Portsmouth Public School System; City Council appointee to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and is serving her 12th year (served two terms as Chair); serving in her eleventh year as the Council representative on the Hampton Roads Transportation Organization; serves on the Advisory Board to the Norfolk State University School of Social Work; ran for United States Congress, 4th District, in 2012 and 2016; Served two terms (eight years) on the Virginia Board of Education and was elected 5 times as Vice President of the Board; served six years on the Chesapeake School Board (2000-2006); Norfolk State University 2018 Distinguished Alumnus; active membership in the following organizations: Portsmouth Chapter Norfolk State University Alumni Association (Officer), East Suffolk High School Alumni Association (current President), Chesapeake Rotary Club, Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Chesapeake Sports Club, Women’s Division Hampton Roads  Chamber of Commerce Chesapeake, South Norfolk Women’s Club, Chesapeake NAACP, host for WGPL 1350 Weekly Radio Show (Wednesdays, 6:30am-7am), and many more.

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