Described by many as a compassionate, analytical, independent thinker, Jean A. Forde is the grandson of Georgiana Woodly (Deceased, St. Kitts) and Eugenie Transberg-Forde (Deceased, St. Thomas), son of Veronica deLaubanque and Olric Forde, brother of Yvette deLaubanque and Beatrice Forde, devoted husband of Dr. Lisa Hassell- Forde, and a proud father of two children Jerae and Jean Forde Il. Jerae currently works for the Departrnent of Education, as Director of Parent and Community Involvement and is a published author. Jean Forde Il is currently working at Therapy Works as Director of Public Relations.
From his humble upbringing on the island of St. Kitts, Jean moved back to his birthplace, St. Thomas, to earn an Associate's degree in Police Science and Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, from the College of the Virgin Islands. He has represented professional organizations for the past 22 years, demonstrating excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to make wise decisions under pressure, and displaying competence in performing numerous tasks simultaneously.
With his family-oriented mindset and pursuit to make improvements in the Virgin Islands, he has played an active role in many organizations as well as achieving many accolades throughout the years. He has served as: a member of the Future Business Leaders of America Advisory Council, five year PTSA President of All Saints Cathedral School, seven year member of the Virgin Islands Workforce Development Board, former member of Family Self-Sufficiency Program, former board member of the Women's Business Center, a 2009 Honoree of the Alumni Association of the University of the Virgin Islands, and the 2002 Master of Harmonic Lodge #356, St. Thomas, and 2016 AARP Award Recipient.
Along with his various accomplishments and contributions, Jean produced and participated as host for the call-in radio talk program, Ideas and Issues; he is a member of the St. Thomas District Democratic Party, and has proven himself to be a continuously evolving businessman and entrepreneur. He has held many positions in the arena of business and management, serving as General Manager of West Indian Burgers; Assistant Executive Director of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce; President/General Manager of Forde's Laundromat, Inc.; and formerly Sales & Marketing Director/Traffic/Office Manager of Ottley Communications D/B/A WSTA Radio.
Currently, Jean is serving his second term in the 32nd Legislature of the Vlrgin Islands. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Education and Workforce Development in the 31st Legislature and will continue to be a strong believer in education as a vehicle to effect positive change. Through Helping Ourselves Meet Excellence (HOME), the philanthropic organization which he founded, Jean continues to work within and throughout the community, making a difference in the lives of all with whom he comes in contact. With his life experiences in education, management, community service, and politics, Jean A. Forde is a Virgin Islander who is focused on making a positive difference in these beautiful Virgin Islands we call HOME.