I am a native Nashvillian, a wife and mother, a fundraising and marketing professional, the Councilwoman representing District 34, and now a candidate to serve as your next Vice Mayor.
I have been fortunate to live in several neighborhoods around Nashville and in cities across the globe. I consider myself a life-long learner and am grateful to be using what I enjoyed studying in college as the foundation for the daily work I do for Nashville. From 1991 to 1995, I attended Bryn Mawr College outside Philadelphia earning a degree in Growth & Structure of Cities, which included history of urban form, history of architecture, urban culture & society, comparative urbanism, economics and urban sociology. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the architecture of public schools with Nashville as a case study. I am a proud lover of cities, and there is no city that I love more than Nashville.
In 1995, I married fellow Nashvillian Arthur Henderson, and we moved to San Francisco where I worked in the marketing department for the international architecture, engineering and planning firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP. We enjoyed our time by the Bay, riding the bus and cable car to and from work, walking almost everywhere, and biking over the Golden Gate Bridge on the weekends. Travel to and living in walkable, transit-rich cities has informed both my volunteer work and policy work in Nashville, helping to create a more walkable, accessible, safe, and healthy city. Sidewalks, bikeways and buses are the connectors of neighborhoods and of people to each other and to opportunity.
The next stop on my journey with Arthur was Dartmouth College where I worked in fundraising as a stewardship writer for the president of the college while Arthur attended business school. Upon the completion of his graduate degree, we decided to move back home to Nashville to start our family in the city where we both grew up.
Upon our return, I worked for several years in the Development Office of Belmont University as the Director of Foundation Relations. During this time, I would become active in neighborhood groups, serving as the chair of The Green Hills Action Partners (TGHAP) working to implement the Green Hills Urban Village Plan in the Green Hills commercial district, and serving on the board and ultimately as president of our neighborhood association.
Throughout my professional career, across all of my volunteer work, and for the last eight years in my service on the city council, I have found the goodwill, generosity, creativity, and business savvy of my fellow citizens and our beloved city to be remarkable. Nashville & Nashvillians are inspiring.
On Nashville’s Metro Council, I have led major, countywide legislative efforts to improve our city’s streets and fought to bring alternative transit options to help solve our city’s infrastructure issues. I have worked tirelessly to ensure that our tax dollars and limited resources are used effectively and not taken for granted. I’m proud of the fact that I have a reputation for asking tough questions, and refuse to be a blank checkbook or a rubber stamp.
As your next vice mayor, I will support the policy work of the city council, making sure we address Nashville’s most pressing needs and our ongoing, structural challenges. We must focus on making Metro Government more proactive and effective in the service of all citizens in all neighborhoods across Davidson County. We need leaders willing to bring focus to and sustain the strategic work necessary for our city.
For eight years, I have been a constructive, respected, and independent voice on Council. I have worked diligently for you and our city, and I am ready to continue my service as your next vice mayor. On Election Day, I would appreciate your vote! Thank you.