The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the 2024 cohort of Leadership Public Education, a 6-month public education leadership development program that empowers individuals with the knowledge and skills to serve in community leadership roles at all levels of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). Participants, known as fellows, learn and discuss the structures and challenges that impact Metro Nashville Public Schools from experts in the fields of public education and organizational development. Each monthly session will be focused on engaging discussions with evidence-based, non-partisan research.

  • Christiane Buggs, CEO PENCIL
  • Bethany Burney, Program Director, Corner to Corner
  • Margaret Anne Byerly, Director of Communications and Engagement, Enterprise Solutions
  • Alan Calhoun, Magistrate- Metro Student Attendance Center, Davidson County Juvenile Court
  • Brandon Hill, Head of Community Engagement, Nashville Soccer Club
  • Nicole Keefe, Attorney, Burr & Forman LLP
  • Tamara Kelly, General Manager, Prince’s Hot Chicken
  • Mary Matthews Coffey, Program Director, Diverse Learners Cooperative
  • Jennie McCabe, Workforce Development Consultant, Dept of Economic and Community Development. State of Tennessee
  • Miranda McDonald, Director of Community Programs, Tennessee Titans
  • Ryan Parker, Director of Donor Relations and Programs, Nashville State Community College Foundation
  • Marc Pearson, Senior Principal, Stantec
  • Jazmin Ramirez, Advocacy & Partnership Manager, The Ed Trust Tennessee
  • Eno Richardson, Founder & CEO, Eno Richardson Consulting, LLC
  • Whitney Slovick, Coordinator of Community Achieves, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Sonya Smith, Director, Meharry Medical College
  • Meredith Benton, CEO, Communities in Schools TN
  • Celia Bowman-Jeffries, 4th grade ESL Teacher, Thomas A. Edison Elementary School
  • Corey Burton, Director of Enrollment and Family Engagement, LEAD Public Schools
  • Laura Varela, Director of United4Hope, Operation Andrew Group

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

  • Overview and History
  • Law and Policy
  • Budget
  • Teacher and Principal Talent
  • School Options
  • Putting It All Together

Every Fellow commits to an elected, appointed, and/or volunteer community leadership role impacting MNPS, such as 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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As a program of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Public Education Foundation, Leadership Public Education is neither affiliated with, nor governed by, MNPS.