Phil Ford Joins ESMMSC Staff

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina (ESMMSC) is pleased to announce the selection of Phillip Ford as the Manager of Policy, Advocacy, and Community Support. Phil brings extensive experience in the nonprofit, political, and healthy eating and active living fields. He replaces Hannah Walters, who moved out of state.

As the Manager of Policy, Advocacy, and Community Support, Phil will work closely with ESMMSC’s Advocacy Committee to implement advocacy and policy initiatives related to healthy eating and active living at the state and local levels. He will also oversee the Healthy Vending in Public Places Campaign, and will also connect advocacy efforts with community coalitions and state partners. Also, Phil will be involved in the Let’s Go! 3.0 project and provide technical support to various community coalitions around the state.

“I am optimistic that we can create a healthier South Carolina through healthy eating and active living by one idea, one person and one community at a time,” says Phil.

A native of Orangeburg, he attended The Citadel, where he majored in Political Science with a focus in American Government. After spending nearly a decade out of state working on Presidential to City Council races across the country, Phil wanted to come back home to help his state and community. He most recently worked as the grant writer at The Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, where he successfully wrote grants that amounted in nearly 1.5 million dollars of funding for the hospital system in a year and a half. He was also actively involved in the Eat Smart Move More Orangeburg-Bamberg-Calhoun chapter.

Phillip enjoys playing tennis, participating in local theatre groups, and volunteering his time for the improvement of his local communities. Currently, Phillip serves on the boards of directors for the Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic and the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center.

If you would like to reach Phil, please email him at