Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Announces 2022 Leadership Public Education Cohort


The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce congratulates the third cohort of Leadership Public Education, a 6-month public education leadership development program empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills to serve in community leadership roles at all levels of Metro Nashville Public Schools. Public education is a social, economic, and moral imperative for the sustainability and development of a prosperous Nashville region. Community leaders make decisions impacting the conditions for student achievement and workforce readiness, and the Nashville region needs well-prepared individuals willing and able to serve.

  • Brooke Allen, Diverse Learners Cooperative
  • Zach Baldwin, American Constructors
  • Sally Barton-Arwood, Belmont University
  • Susannah Berry, Corporate Philanthropy, Jackson
  • Amy Bryant, Metro Nashville
  • Kenneth Crapse, Fifth Third Bank
  • Greg Gerber, Best Buy
  • Corey Harkey, Austin Peay State University
  • Anne Henderson, Frist Art Museum
  • Ray Holloman, HCA Healthcare
  • Kristin Horsley, Tennessee Performing Arts Center
  • Brian Lowenthal, Improving the Odds
  • Meredith McGann, Tennesseans for Student Success
  • Katherine Petrole, Nashville Parthenon
  • Teri Powell, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • C.J. Sentell, The Nashville Food Project
  • Chris Willis, Turner & Townsend
  • Matthew Wiltshire, Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

Participants, known as Fellows, learn and discuss the structures, challenges, and opportunities that impact Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) with experts in public education. Sessions include:

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

Fellows also explore how they will apply their preparedness to carry out their educational leadership in our region. 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.

Stay tuned to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Monday Morning Report to apply for the next cohort of Leadership Public Education.

Contact Shohreh Daraei, Manager of Talent Development at sdaraei@nashvillechamber.com with questions or brand activation opportunities through sponsorships.

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