Todd Ware Biography
Todd Ware is the elected Zanesville, Ohio 3rd Ward City Councilman. He was raised in Zanesville and attended Zanesville High School where he was on the wrestling team and played football. Todd learned the value of being a team player early on. At an early age, he joined the Army and served our country for 28 consecutive years, retiring as a U.S. Army First Sergeant (E-8) Infantry/Logistics. Todd served in Three Combat tours and holds numerous military citations and awards. His tours include Korea, Germany, Greece, Canada, Panama, Grenada, Africa, Saudi Arabia; and Afghanistan (Hooah!). He has also served as Aide-de-Camp for several General Officers including Colin Powell. Todd also worked as a GS-13 Executive, Combat Analyst, for the U.S. Army Accessions Command Fort Monroe, Virginia. Todd’s task was to analyze the current combat threat to the U.S. Forces in the Middle East and coordinate changes to school doctrine and training. These changes saved countless U.S. Forces lives. Also, Todd worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Vertical Horizons One, Inc. There his organization developed strategic operations plans to relocate the U.S. Army Headquarters and Cadet Command from Fort Monroe, Virginia to Fort Knox, Kentucky, and to move the Armor Command from Fort Knox, Kentucky to Fort Benning, Georgia.
Todd holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Education, a Master’s Degree in Education Technology, and a Master’s Degree in Pan African Studies from The University of Louisville. Todd has seven children and nine grandchildren living in the Zanesville area.
Todd has been the proud owner of a successful rental business in Muskingum County for over 25 years and loves people tremendously.
He is passionate and cares about the Zanesville community and the 3rd Ward he represents. His goals are to promote fair, balanced development throughout the 3rd Ward. He also wants to get our young people in the community involved as well as the local churches ("It takes a village to raise our children"). He will also focus on public spaces, such as roads and parks. Todd wants to promote the areas by Our Y-Bridge for future generations to enjoy (This Is What We're About!!!). He would love to get a FAMILY City Water Park, centrally located, for all residents to enjoy as well. Todd enjoys riding his Harley and is a lifelong member of the Wings of Hope Church. He is a lifelong member of the DAV, VFW, the American Legion, and the NAACP. Todd currently serves on an Education Advisory Council for the Zanesville Museum of Art, as well as serving with the Muskingum County Veterans Appreciation Foundation. Todd has done a full circle and has come back to Our Fine City to help Its Fine Citizens and be a Force for Change.
Additionally, Todd serves as President of the board for the Nelson T. Gant Foundation. He has been the president since 2023. Since then, Todd has endeavored to building a better culture as a wise investment in our organization’s future. As the Foundation’s President, Todd has committed to creating and building the Gant Foundation to promote the historical, cultural, educational, and charitable contributions of African American persons of historical or community interests in Zanesville, Muskingum County, and Southeastern Ohio. Todd has continued the mission and vision of the Gant Foundation by operating the house in collaboration with other organizations to promote the sharing of our efforts advocating the Gant Foundation and legacy of Nelson T. Gant. Todd has continued the assignment of the Foundation to operate the house as a museum to display artifacts, to sell goods and services related to the history of the Nelson T. Gant family and the community endeavors of Nelson T. Gant Foundation. Under Todd’s Leadership, the Gant Foundation has continued to collaborate with other organizations to promote the sharing of our efforts advocating the Gant Foundation and legacy of Nelson T. Gant. To this end, the Gant Foundation endeavors to create an endowment that supports the educational and cultural enterprises offered throughout the community by the Gant Foundation. As the President, "I love to help others and provide support to my Gant team. So, I always take initiative to check in with everyone to first ask how they feel going into new projects or completing complex tasks. If I notice anyone having challenges with their workload, for instance, I take steps to find appropriate resources.” Todd has done a full circle and has come back to Our Fine City to help Its Fine Citizens and be a Force for Change.