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Mayor David Briley Announces Two Senior Staff Positions

Judith Byrd (615) 862-6461; c: (615) 761-6694

Mayor David Briley today announced the appointment of Assistant District Attorney Marcus Floyd to Advisor to the Mayor, Public Safety and Justice Policy, and seasoned communications professional Laura Braam to Chief Communications Officer.

"I am grateful these accomplished professionals will join my team to drive the goals and priorities of my administration," said Mayor David Briley.

"Public safety is of particular importance for Nashville at this moment in time. Marcus has the experience and deep commitment to making our city a safer and more just place for every resident," said Mayor Briley.

In his role, Floyd will serve as the Mayor's lead on engaging our community's stakeholders around policing issues, including community oversight and the implementation of a body camera program. Floyd will also guide the administration's work with the Policing Project. Additionally, Floyd will spearhead policy work related to criminal justice issues, including gun crime and domestic violence.

Immediately prior to this appointment, Floyd served as Assistant District Attorney for Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. He previously served as a Probation Officer in Memphis and Nashville and as a Judicial Law Clerk for the 21st Judicial District of Tennessee.

"It is a privilege to continue to serve the City of Nashville," said Floyd. "I look forward to furthering Mayor Briley's vision of developing strong community partnerships and engaging in shared, collaborative efforts to enhance public safety and justice throughout every neighborhood in our city."

As Chief Communications Officer, Braam will direct all of the Mayor's communications and oversee department staff to ensure the clear, accurate and fully-transparent communication of Mayor Briley's priorities.

"I am delighted that Laura is joining the team. Her experience and ability to communicate effectively will build trust and greatly enrich the work of the city," said Mayor Briley.

A principal with Sheridan Public Relations, Braam has more than 24 years of experience in public relations, public affairs and communications. Previously, Braam was director of communications at Currey Ingram Academy and a vice president at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations. In her early career, Braam worked with a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. and as a reporter for three major weeklies in Dallas, Texas.

"I'm honored to work for Mayor Briley and so appreciative of the opportunity," Braam said. "I was fortunate to be involved with promoting many of the city's significant developments back in the late 90s/ early 2000s and have closely watched as Nashville has continued to grow. It's an exciting time to serve this diverse and thriving city."

Floyd will start with the administration on September 1 and Braam will assume her role on September 10.