Uriah Ward was born and raised in Greenville and he graduated from ECU in 2014 with a BS in Political Science. He works as a middle school teacher and is the Chair of the Social Studies Department at his school.
Uriah has dedicated his life to giving back to his community. In 2010, he was one of the original appointees to the Greenville Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission. He would later be chosen as the Chair-Elect of that commission. Since then, he has been a consistent Voice for Progress in Greenville.
He created New Greenville, a civic organization aimed at making Greenville a better place. New Greenville led the effort to pass an anti-HB2 resolution in the city council. He also led the successful attempt to get city council to pass a plastic bags resolution. He was a leading organizer of the Vigil Against Violence and the Community Unity Rally. Under his leadership, New Greenville grew to over 500 members in its first year.
Uriah also organizes a yearly back-to-school supply drive for his birthday. He asks that – instead of gifts – people give him school supplies for local teachers. Though Uriah works as a teacher himself, he doesn’t use any of the supplies personally. He donates them all to the Pitt County Association of Educators to be given to their members.
He has been a consistent and vocal advocate for many causes including Economic Opportunity, Community Inclusivity, Municipal Autonomy, Smart Growth and Quality of Life. In 2017 he was a nominee for the Greenville Human Relations Council’s Best-Irons Humanitarian Award for his work on environmental causes and the refugee crisis.
Uriah has been a regular presence in downtown Greenville’s comedy scene. For the past few years he has performed both stand-up and improv comedy as a member of Seriously Clowning and Inner Banks Improv. At his school, he is the coach of the chess team and an assistant coach of the science olympiad team.
He lives in Greenville with Ashley “Milly” Ward, his wife, and Hamilton, their hyperactive rescue dog.