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Mayor David Briley Announces Education Advisor and Digital Director Appointments


Mayor David Briley today announced the appointment of experienced educator and policy analyst Indira Dammu to Advisor to the Mayor, Education Policy, and digital content strategist Sam Warlick to Digital Director.

In her role, Dammu will advise and collaborate with the Mayor and key stakeholders to help ensure the Mayor’s priorities related to public education, high-quality Pre-K, early literacy and post-secondary readiness continue to move forward thoughtfully and effectively.

“Indira will be a trusted advisor to my administration and a key player in my focus on public education,” Mayor Briley said. “Her background as both an educator and a policy expert is exactly what we need as we continue to address significant opportunities in education and work to help all Nashvillians reach their fullest potential.”

Immediately prior to this appointment, Dammu served as Senior Policy and Research Analyst at SCORE, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education. Before this, she was a policy analyst for North Carolina New Schools; a ninth-grade college readiness teacher for a New Haven, Connecticut, high school; and a middle-grades math teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a founding board member of the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance, a member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Education Report Card Committee, and a member of the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition.

Sam Warlick joins the Mayor’s Office communications team from a post with National League of Cities in Washington, D.C., where he served as a senior content strategist. Prior to that, Warlick was a messaging and development manager for Congress for New Urbanism and a communications associate for Smart Growth America, both in D.C. Originally from Nashville, his career began as a program and communications coordinator for Cumberland Region Tomorrow.

In this role, he will work as part of the communications team to help implement digital strategies to support the work of the Mayor’s Office and Metro Government.

“Sam has significant experience with urban and municipal communications and digital strategies to help ensure citizens are engaged with and informed by their government officials,” Mayor Briley said. “This is absolutely essential in a 21st-century context, and I am thankful he is moving home to join our team.”

“I’m truly honored to join the Mayor’s Office and serve the people of Nashville as digital director,” said Warlick. “I’ve seen firsthand how digital media can help make local government more responsive and engaging to its citizens, and I look forward to applying those lessons in my vibrant, thriving hometown.”

Dammu will start with the administration on September 18 and Warlick will begin October 1.