Council Member Frances Akridge
Huntsville City Council Member Frances Akridge started her first term as a Council Member in 2018.
Since the early 2000s, Frances has served on community groups with a focus on the arts and education.
- Member of the Association of American University Women to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.
- Served as President of the Northeast Huntsville Civic Association to promote the area as a great place to live and connecting neighbors to cultivate community.
- As a tutor at Chapman School. she worked with students to ensure they are able to achieve their fullest potential.
- Music and Musician Coordinator for the Monte Sano Arts Festival, which stimulates and supports community creativity and engagement.
- President of the Madison County Beekeepers Association
- Fundraiser and Writer for WLRH-FM, to support education, the arts and community service in the Tennessee Valley.
- Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times
- Docent and Foundation Sponsor at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Frances Akridge was born in Washington, D.C. and settled in Huntsville in 2007. She graduated from Hayfield High School in Fairfax County, Virginia and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.
After a career in education in Westmoreland County, VA, Frances entered the private sector in commercial real estate including work as a land planner in a civil engineering firm then marketing and leasing industrial, office, and retail property, and building telecommunication sites for AT&T Wireless in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Frances came to Huntsville in 2006 and worked for ERC, Inc., assigned to NASA as a technical coordinator for the Ares program.
In her free time, she and her husband enjoy biking, gardening, hiking and camping with their fur baby foundlings – Okie, Toby and Ladybug.