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Essie Ford Gilchrist, American goverment executive. Named one of Outstanding Women of America, Montgomery, Alabama, 1985, Outstanding Californian, 1986.


Gilchrist, Essie Ford was born on November 22, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Daughter of Willie and Rochelle (Hicks) Ford.


Bachelor of Science, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1972. Master of Business Administration, Webster University, 1975. Postgraduate, System Technologies.

Louis University, 1976.


Teacher, Talladega (Alabama) High, 1972;internship, Army Department thru Virginia, St. Louis, 1972-1976;procurement analyst, Defense Automated Logistics, St. Louis, 1976-1978;procurement analyst, United States Armament Command, Dover, New Jersey, 1978-1980;chief contracts office, United States Sharpe Army Depot, Lathrop, California, 1980-1987;chief design/construction, United States Navy Facility Engineers, San Bruno, California, 1987-1990;representative traditional procurement center McClellan Air Force Base, United States Small Business Administration, San Francisco, since 1990. Recording secretary Toastmasters International, Lathrop, 1985-1986. Vice chairman Center California Small Business Council, Sacramento, since 1991.


Active Stockton Downtown Revitalization Committee, board appointed 1985. Active Women Network Group, since 1990, Second Baptist Church, assistant chairman calendar event and nursery/youth teacher, since 1990. Member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Minority Opportunity Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha (secretary since 1987).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: jogging, reading, needlework/crafts, theatre/plays.


Married Archie Gilchrist. 1 child, Jordan Renee Gilchrist.