Steering Committee

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Jared Bigham

Executive Director
Chattanooga 2.0



Cathy Cate

Executive Director
Leadership Tennessee

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Nancy Dishner

President & Chief Executive Officer
The Niswonger Foundation


Andrew Frantz

tnAchieves graduate & student
University of Tennessee at Knoxville


Tish Jones

Ready By Six Coordinator



Greg Martz

Plant Manager


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Jayme Place Simmons

Special Assistant to the Governor for Strategy & Policy Director 
The Office of Governor Bill Haslam

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Ann Thompson

Director of Workforce Development
Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development


Ricky Boyd

County Commissioner
Obion County, Tennessee


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Alexza Barajas Clark

Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy
Conexión Américas

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Beth Duffield

Senior Vice President, Education & Workforce Development
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce


Samantha Gutter

Director of Postsecondary &
Career Readiness

State Collaborative on Reforming Education

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Mike Krause

Executive Director
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

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Jan McKeel

Executive Director
South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance

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Teresa Sloyan

Hyde Family Foundations

Kevin Woods

Memphis Market President
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

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Mauricio Calvo

Executive Director
Latino Memphis



Holly Coleman

Program Director for
High-Quality Education

Hyde Family Foundations

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Nancy Eisenbrandt

Chief Operations Officer
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce


Emily House

Chief Policy & Strategy Officer
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

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José Lazo

Tennessee State University


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Cameron Robinson

tnAchieves graduate
Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Memphis

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Kyle Spurgeon

President & Chief Executive Officer
Jackson Chamber of Commerce