Jill Ford is a principal at Toyota AI Ventures, focused on discovering investment opportunities and working closely with our portfolio companies. Passionate about enabling people through technology innovation, she brings a wealth of experience as a corporate business development executive, economic development leader, and innovator. Jill joins Toyota AI Ventures from the Mayor’s team at the City of Detroit, where she served as the head of innovation and entrepreneurship. In that role, she attracted and grew startups and small businesses by engaging directly with entrepreneurs, finding gaps in Detroit’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, and working with public and private sector partners to create programs, such as the Motor City Match, to fill these gaps. Previously, Jill held global technology leadership roles, heading Disney Mobile’s worldwide distribution to mobile device manufacturers, and running Motorola’s global games usage. She also ran a company in Ghana that discovered, developed, and funded new entrepreneurs.
She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard University, and a Wharton MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management.