The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce congratulates the 2021 cohort of Leadership Public Education, a 6-month public education leadership development program empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills to serve in elected, appointed, and volunteer leadership roles supporting Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). Elected, appointed, and volunteer leaders impact the structures, policies, and resources for student achievement and workforce readiness. The preparation of these leaders is key to the mission of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce: To create economic prosperity by facilitating community leadership.

  • Allen Hovious, Hovious Consulting
  • Amy Daniels, WBA Architecture
  • Amy Hodge, Belmont University
  • Andrew Neyland, Regions Bank
  • Bob Bernstein, Bongo Productions
  • Briana Sprick Schuster, Bass, Berry & Sims
  • Connor Siegel, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Falon Keith, Country Music Association
  • Jami Oakley, UniCycle
  • Jamie Mires, Regions Bank
  • Jason Giompoletti, EY
  • Jennifer Westerholm, Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County
  • Kimi Abernathy, Independent Educational Consultant
  • LaKishia Harris, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Lori Adukeh, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee
  • Madeline Adams, Homework Hotline
  • Melinda Judd, Nashville Public Education Foundation
  • Sarah Dexheimer, Orcutt | Winslow
  • Thom Druffel, Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County; Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt
  • Tracy Dunn, Hip Hues
  • Travis Moore, Western Governors University
  • Wendy Burch, Crosslin Certified Public Accountants

Fellows learn and discuss the structures, challenges, and opportunities of MNPS with experts in public education. Sessions include:

  • Public School Funding
  • MNPS Budget Process
  • Education Policy and Law
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Board of Education and Director of Schools
  • Teacher and Principal Talent Attraction and Retention
  • Conflict Resolution and Effective Communication

Upon completion, fellows pursue community leadership roles including: Parent-teacher organization, school or district-based advisory council, nonprofit board of directors, Academies of Nashville Partnership Council, Education Report Committee at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, MNPS Board of Education, Tennessee State Board of Education, and Metro-Nashville Davidson County boards and commissions.

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