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Mayor's Office of New Americans

The Mayor's Office of New Americans works to engage immigrants and empower them to participate in our government and our community. The number of foreign-born residents in Nashville has more than doubled over the past decade. Nearly 12 percent of our population was born outside of the United States, and nearly half of those people are recent immigrants who entered the country since 2000. In fact, in 2012, Nashville had the fastest-growing immigrant population of any American city. Nashville is the proud home of the nation's largest Kurdish population, as well as growing enclaves of immigrants from Somalia, Burma, and all over the world.

Programs and Initiatives

New Americans Advisory Council

The Mayor's New Americans Advisory Council ensures that New American leaders have a voice in Metro Government.

MyCity Academy

A free leadership-training program that empowers New Americans to understand and participate in Metro Government.

Learn more about MyCity Academy

Metro Task Force Committee

The task force will be responsible for making recommendations for how Metro employees should interact with federal immigration authorities in a manner that: (1) respects the very separate roles of federal, state, and local governments, (2) complies with state and federal law, and (3) protects the safety and well-being of everyone in our immigrant communities.

Learn more about the Metro Task Force Committee

Nashville and Davidson County Boards and Commissions

Mayor Cooper’s Office is interested in increase awareness about serving on Boards and Commissions for Nashville residents. For more information or if interested after reviewing the list below contact the Mayor's Office of New Americans at

Parent Ambassadors

Pairs New American parents who are veterans of Metro Schools with immigrant and refugee families whose children are newly enrolled.

Learn more about Parent Ambassadors

Pathway For New Americans

A partnership between Metro Government and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that supports immigrants in Nashville who aspire to become U.S. citizens.

More information about Pathway for New Americans

Metro Nashville Career Opportunities

Mayor John Cooper’s Office encourages all residents to consider starting a career with Metro. We accept applications for currently posted positions through a partnership with NEOGOV, a comprehensive and integrated online recruitment, selection and applicant tracking system for job applicants. Create your profile and and store your application online. We provide free online access is provided at public computers at Career Centers and Public Library locations throughout Davidson county. Online applications must be submitted by midnight of the announced last day for filing applications. Request for ADA accommodation for the recruitment process should be directed to 615-862-6640. For more information or if interested after reviewing the list below contact the Mayor's Office of New Americans at


Mayor Cooper’s Office of New Americans seeks qualified individuals to learn and contribute with the Mayor’s Office Internship Program. Please check out the Internship Program page for more details and make sure you mention your desire to work with us!

Community Organizations

Mayor Cooper and the Metro Government have a number of programs and initiatives to help ensure that immigrants and refugees have a chance to pursue a better life for themselves and their families.

Learn More about Community Organizations.

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