Following six seasons (2014-19) as the Detroit Lions Owner and Chairman, Martha Firestone Ford now serves as Chairman Emeritus and supports her four children – Principal Owner and Chairman Sheila Ford Hamp, Vice Chairman Martha Ford Morse, Vice Chairman William Clay Ford. Jr, and Vice Chairman Elizabeth Ford Kontulis – in the organizational leadership of the franchise.
Mrs. Ford succeeded her husband, William Clay Ford, who passed away on March 9, 2014, after serving as the sole owner of the franchise for 50 seasons (1964-2013). Following her husband's passing, Mrs. Ford became the fifth principal owner or syndicate group to own and operate the franchise since it moved to Detroit in 1934.
Detroit Lions Inspire Change
Launched by Lions players, Owner and Chairman Martha Firestone Ford and Head Coach Matt Patricia following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL season, Detroit Lions Inspire Change will invest nearly $600,000 in financial support through grants to nine Metro Detroit organizations in 2020.