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District 29 Council Member

Karen Johnson

Karen Y. Johnson

2928 Moss Spring Drive
Antioch, TN 37013

Metropolitan Council Office
One Public Square, Suite 204
P. O. Box 196300
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6300


  • Director of Human Resources, Mercy Health Services


  • Married to David Johnson
  • Three children, Chris, Jon, Dave

Religious Affiliation

  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church


  • Masters, Business Administration, Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Bachelors, Business Administration, Tennessee State University
  • Certified with Development Dimensions International


  • Vice Chair, Rules-Confirmations-Public Elections Committee
  • Tennessee Municipal League Board of Directors
  • 2017 Elected to National League of Cities Board of Directors (The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. (NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.)

2015–2016 Council Experience

  • Elected President Pro-Tem
  • Appointed to Mayor Barry's Diversity Advisory Committee for Metro Government

2015–2016 Council Committees

  • Rules-Confirmations-Public Elections
  • Public Works

2014–2015 Council Committees

  • Charter Revision, Chair
  • Personnel-Public Information-Human Relations-Housing
  • Planning, Zoning and Historical
  • Public Safety, Beer and Regulated Beverages

2013–2014 Council Committees

  • Budget and Finance
  • Parks, Library and Recreation, Vice Chair
  • Public Works

2012–2013 Council Committees

  • Budget and Finance
  • Parks, Library and Recreation
  • Public Works, Vice Chair

2011–2012 Council Committees

  • Parks, Library and Recreation
  • Planning, Zoning, Historical
  • Public Works


  • NAACP Subscribing Life Member
  • 2017 Council on Youth, Education, and Families Institute
  • 2015 Women In Municipal Government, Board Member, NLC
  • 2015 Vice Chair, NLC Transportation Infrastructure & Services Steering Committee
  • 2015 Regional Director, (Region 12: Ark., Tenn.) NBC-LEO Board of Directors
  • 2014 National Leadership Fellow, National League of Cities
  • 2014 Vice Chair for NLC Large Cities Council
  • 2014 NLC Transportation Infrastructure & Services Steering Committee
  • 2013, 2014 Regional Director, (Region 12: Ark., Tenn.) NBC-LEO Board of Directors
  • Advisory Committe, Nashville State Community College (NSCC)
  • Metro Council Minority Caucus
  • National League of Cities, 2012-2013 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee
  • Past President, Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus
  • CNAP – The Crossings Nashville Action Partnership
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Alpha Psi, Alpha Delta Omega
  • Past chair, Sister for Sister Conference – 100 Black Women-Metro Nashville
  • Young Leaders Council Alumnae
  • Nashville Women’s Political Caucus
  • Women in Numbers
  • Tennessee State University, College of Business Alumnae
  • Trevecca Nazarene University Graduate School of Business Alumnae
  • Former Commissioner, Metro Nashville Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Former School Board Member, District 6
  • Former Member, Metro Nashville Board of Parks & Recreation
  • Stand for Children
  • Tennessee Alliance for Early Education
  • Former Member, United Way’s Building Strong Neighborhoods Council
  • Nashville Neighborhood Defense Fund Member
  • Committee Member, Southeast Nashville Egg Hunt and Festival
  • Member, Nashville Civic Design Center
  • National League of Cities, 2012-2013 Large Cities Council


  • 2012 National Fellow, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, National League of Cities
  • 2012-2013 Class for Leadership Nashville
  • Nashville Business Journal, Women of Influence Recipient
  • Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Emerging Leaders Recipient
  • 2003 Tennessean, Top 40 under recipient

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