Mayor Megan Barry, Biography
Mayor Megan Barry is serving her first term as the seventh mayor of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County following an historic election in which she became the first woman and first member of the Metro Council to be elected Mayor.
Born in Santa Ana, California, and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Barry moved to Nashville in 1991 to earn her MBA at Vanderbilt University. Following graduation, she built a 20-year career as an ethics compliance officer and consultant in the telecommunications and health care sectors. In 2007 and 2011, she was elected to serve as one of five at-large members of the Metro Council.
Barry's focus as mayor is on improving the educational outcomes at our public schools, engaging regional and state partners to develop a unified vision and plan for transportation, creating more affordable housing options for residents of all backgrounds, and continuing to grow our economy while ensuring all parts of Davidson County share in the prosperity.
Barry has put an emphasis on building upon Nashville’s economic growth with a renewed focus on supporting the music industry and the city’s creative and entrepreneurial sectors. She also has focused on addressing the challenges that come with growth by creating the first ever transportation and infrastructure department within the Mayor’s Office and establishing the Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment, which works to make sure the most vulnerable Nashvillians can gain access to jobs, affordable housing, and financial empowerment services.
In December of 2015, Barry convened the first of multiple youth violence summits aimed at bringing the community together to discuss and address issues related to the rise in violence among teenagers and young adults in Nashville.
In building her administration, Barry has put a sharp focus on ensuring that the Mayor’s Office is reflective of the city it serves. To that end, Barry has put together the most diverse team in the history of Metro Nashville, with a majority female staff and African-Americans, Latinos and LGBT Nashvillians in key leadership positions throughout the administration.
Megan Barry is married to Bruce Barry, a professor of organization studies at Vanderbilt. Their son, Max, is a junior in college, and they share their home with two rescue dogs, Hank and Boris.