Meet Watson

Why am I running for school board?

  • I believe in Birmingham and the future of Birmingham
  • Our students deserve the best education possible
  • Our students deserve to be challenged
  • In order for Birmingham to reach its potential, we must have a better system of educating our students
A proven leader, Lyord Watson, Jr. is a preacher and a philanthropist who lives out his faith in the pulpit as well as in the public sphere. A native of Brewton, AL, Lyord is the son of Rhoda and (Jimmy) Lyord Watson, Sr. His mother taught 33 years in the Alabama public school system and his father was a laborer. They taught Lyord and his sister Lillist honesty, diligence and the necessity of a good education. Lyord has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Samford University in Birmingham, AL and a Master's degree in Divinity from Beeson Divinity School, also at Samford University.Lyord and his wife Katrina, a Birmingham native and Education Studies major, have been married for three years and are committed to homesteading within the Birmingham City Limits. They are both passionate about Birmingham's future and are heavily involved in their community.

Lyord's focus is building people through preaching, teaching, counseling and building the community through philanthropy - the giving of time, dollars and gifts. As a preacher, Lyord is an associate at Greater St John Missionary Baptist Church. As a philanthropist, he is a founding member and former chairman of the Birmingham Change Fund. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for the Community Investment Network, a national nonprofit organization that encourages groups and individuals to think and act more strategically with their giving to impel greater social change in their communities. Asa program coordinator for the Birmingham Urban League, Lyord's extensive community involvement and leadership of the Birmingham Change Fund and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. have shaped him into the leader he is today.

Recognized by others as a leader of integrity, in 2009, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham recognized Lyord for his civic and philanthropic leadership by naming him a National Philanthropy Day VIP. In 2010, he was selected to participate in the Mayor's leadership program, Birmingham Young Professionals United. He also took part in the Urban Leadership Initiative. In 2011, Lyord was selected as an Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) Connecting Leaders Fellow, Class of 2011- 2012. In 2012, he was selected as an Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Professional Development Fund Awardee.

Lyord has been involved with various organizations, such as Samford Alumni Association (Class Representative); Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (Member); The Association of Black Foundation Executives (Member); Mission Birmingham (Intern); Alabama Poverty Project (Faith Advisory Group); United Way (Visitation Allocation Team Member); Community Investment Network (Vice Board Chair); Cornerstone Schools of Alabama (Junior Board Member); Ronald McDonald House (Young Leadership Board Member); Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham (Volunteer); and Financial Discovery Forum (Member).

Lyord aspires to serve the Birmingham community by gaining your vote to become a trusted member of the Birmingham Board of Education.

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