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Minority Business Advisory Council

Description

On April 20, 2018, Mayor David Briley signed an executive order forming the Minority Business Advisory Council. The Council will meet quarterly and is charged with submitting an annual report outlining the challenges and opportunities for minority business growth as well as proposals to improve, among other areas, contracting opportunities with Metro, entrepreneurship, access to workforce training and talent, technological support, and access to capital.

Members

The members of the Minority Business Advisory Council are:

  • Ashley Northington, Director, DENOR Brands and Public Relations (Council Chair)
  • Jennifer Carlat, Vice President of Metropolitan Policy, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • Toby Compton, President/CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Yuri Cunza, President/CEO, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Bryan Gleason, member, Metro Business Assistance Office
  • Marcela Gomez, President, Latin American Chamber of Commerce
  • Lisa Howe, Executive Director, Nashville LGBT Chamber  of Commerce
  • Ashford Hughes, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Mayor’s Office
  • Sam Kirk, Founder, Youth About Business
  • Josh Mundy, co-owner, The Lab 
  • Luis Parodi, Business Banking Relationship Manager, Fifth Third
  • Councilmember Tanaka Vercher, Chair, Metro Council Budget committee/member of the Minority Caucus
  • Carolyn Waller, President, Nashville Black Chamber  of Commerce
  • Nancy Youssef, President, Curves with Purpose
  • Representative to be announced,  Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business
  • Representative to be announced, Metro Finance Department

The following are appointed to serve as advisors to the Council:

  • Macy Amos and Nicki Eke, Attorneys, Metro Legal Department  
  • Patrick Combs, Executive Director, Nashville Career Advancement Center
  • Don Hardin, President, Don Hardin Group, member of the Procurement Standards Board
  • Michelle Hernandez-Lane, Chief Purchasing Agent, Metro Government
  • Audra Ladd, Small Business/Creative Economy Manager, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development

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