Underwood moved with his family from Phoenix, Arizona to Homewood in 1956. His father was elected to the City Council in the 1960s. He worked at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and was a legislative assistant to former U.S. Representative Ben Erdreich.
Underwood was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to serve as "Chef de Mission" for Team USA during the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. He was a member of the Leadership Birmingham class of 1998 and the Leadership Alabama class of 2011.
Underwood and his wife, Melinda, have two daughters, Anna and Maria.
Underwood was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009 and immediately underwent radiation and chemo-therapy. He returned to work in the summer, but resigned from the City Council in August. Allyn Holladay succeeded him as president, and his seat was filled by appointment.
|President & CEO, Lakeshore Foundation
John D. Kemp
|Alabama State Senator, District 19
E. B. McClain
|President, Homewood City Council
- Kennedy, Veronica (August 9, 2010) "Homewood City Council President Jeff Underwood resigns." The Birmingham News
- Hansen, Jeff (December 13, 2010) "Jeff Underwood's cancer battle was both personal and a group effort." The Birmingham News
- Rebman, Stephanie (May 20, 2021) "Lakeshore Foundation President and CEO Jeff Underwood to retire in 2021." Birmingham Business Journal