Board Member

“We believe in motivating people to engage in their community and take action for what they believe in.”

John Ingram

Board Member
PEM Committee Chair

For the last decade, the genuine and compassionate City Council Member John Ingram has committed himself to serve his community in Lackawanna. Known to be a down-to-earth individual for his friendly face-to-face meetings, coordinating neighborhood events, and attending every meeting possible, his impact is widely acknowledged. Currently, he serves as president of the tenants’ council for Glover Gardens and commissioner sitting on the board of the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority.

He is currently part of the Lackawanna 1st Ward Steering Committee, committee member of the Justice 4 All WNY, and a member of the Friends of the Lackawanna Library. In addition to being the First Ward Councilman, he is on the boards for Men in Action, Justice for All WNY, Friends of the Lackawanna Library, Community Action Organization of WNY, and is President of the Glover Garden Tenant Council. He has played an instrumental role in the success of Lackawanna Community Days, expanding library services, and making improvements to public transportation services offered by the NFTA. Ingram also is the Chair for the Martin Luther King Celebration which strives to celebrate the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his work during the civil rights movement, and for pushing for equality for all.

John Ingram, born and raised in Lackawanna, is a former student of Lackawanna High School and received his GED from Buffalo School District. Educational Opportunity Center is keenly aware of local issues.  He completed a Supervisory Skills in Hospitality Industry program from Cornell University, received an Interactive Management Course Certification from Hyatt University, and specialized early in small business and politics at Hilton Head Island.

John has been formerly affiliated with a number of associations, including the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Medical Center & Clinic Community, Advisory Board Community Relations Work Group, Accommodations Tax Committee – Town of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, Minority Business Council Steering Committee, United Way of Beaufort County Board of Directors, Leadership Hilton Head / Bluffton Board of Regents, Volunteers in Medicine Board of Directors. He is also associated with the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head S.C. and a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Crime and Drug Prevention, Deep Well of Hilton Head Board of Directors, and Island Recreation Center Advisory Board. Business affiliations include Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors), Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce, Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association.

Honors — Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention 2000, Graduate Leadership Hilton Head, Class of 1996, Native Islander Gullah Celebration Freedom Day Achievers Award, 1999, Featured Profile in Hilton Head Monthly Magazine’s Most Intriguing Individuals, Jan 1999, Hilton Head Medical Center – Clinic Community Service Award, 1996, Marriott Corporation Housing Recognition Award, 1998, Hyatt Regency Hilton head manager of the month award, April 1996.

Legislator Lynne Dixon has said John Ingram is an “outstanding person and public servant. I’ve been proud to work with him during my time representing Lackawanna. His dedication to improving the city he grew up has made our community an even better place. He is incredibly deserving of this honor and we appreciate all he has done.