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Diversity and Inclusion (Mayor's Office)

Mayor walking in Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Metro Government strives to reflect the diversity of the Nashville community in its hiring practices, contracting, and economic development opportunities. In order to run a city successfully, Metro Government believes it must represent the people it serves. Metro Government is an inclusive organization that leverages diversity and fosters equity and inclusion in all aspects of how it functions, engages the community, and delivers services to residents.

Programs and Initiatives

Mayor's Office of New Americans

The Mayor's Office of New Americans fosters partnerships and collaborations with community organizations, departments, and agencies of the Metropolitan Government. The group develops and administers programs that empower and engage New Americans in Davidson County and that promote a knowledgeable, safe, and connected community. The Mayor’s Office of New Americans coordinate with community organizations and with departments and agencies of the Metro Government and advise the Mayor on policies related to New Americans in Davidson County.

Learn more about the Mayor's Office of New Americans

Metro Leadership Diversity

The Mayor is committed to making sure the government of Nashville is representative of the population itself. In addition to having a diverse office staff, the Mayor has emphasized the importance of appointing a diverse cross-section of Nashvillians to Boards and Commissions. The Mayor has been intentional about seeking out the most qualified individuals who bring a level of expertise, perspective, and understanding about the board or commission, who also represent various groups and can offer unique perspectives when making decisions that will impact all of the residents of our city. Boards and commission members carry out important work and are a way for dedicated citizens to show their commitment and lend their voices to the city.

Business Diversity

Metro Government seeks to procure from a diversity of supplier types. There are initiatives in place to support your interactions with the city as a business owner. The Procurement Division serves as the central contracting office for Metro, and serves approximately 51 departments, agencies, commissions, and boards, and works to ensure fairness, equality, and economic inclusion. The Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance work to stimulate economic growth by preparing and developing small, minority, women, and service disabled veteran owned businesses so that they can participate effectively in city procurements and become positive contributors to the Nashville economy.

Workforce and Place Diversity

The Mayor’s Office works to increase the overall diversity of Metro’s workforce. The Metro Human Resources department compiles quarterly demographic reports of Metro department employment. Read the latest quarterly workforce demographic reports. If you are interested in becoming a Metro Government employee? Learn more about employment opportunities and view current available positions.

Mayor’s Office LGBTQ Liaison

Metro Nashville is committed to the equal rights and treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) residents, workers and visitors. We aim to create a safe, accountable, inclusive and welcoming community so Nashvillians feel represented, respected and appreciated. The Mayor’s Office LGBTQ Liaison, Brandon Marshall, can be reached by e-mail at

Veterans Services

The Office of Mayor John Cooper is committed to working collaboratively with government agencies and community-based organizations to advocate and coordinate services for Veterans in Nashville. At last count, nearly 700 Veterans work for Metro Government and roughly 37,000 Veterans live in Davidson County, the second largest amount in Tennessee. Join us in empowering Veterans and their families and learn more about some of what we are doing to serve our Veterans.

Learn more about Veterans Services