Session 1: Q&A and Remarks from Mayor O’Connell

Freddie O’Connell, Nashville’s tenth mayor, brings a wealth of public service experience, having served on the Metro Council from 2015 to 2023. His focus on poverty alleviation, neighborhood revitalization, and green energy legislation has left a lasting impact. Freddie’s civic engagement extends to leadership roles in organizations like Nashville MTA and Walk/Bike Nashville, demonstrating his commitment to community building. With a background in Nashville’s software industry and degrees in Music and Computer Science, Freddie brings a multifaceted approach to governance. He resides in Salemtown with his family and beloved chorkie Cocoa Bean, actively participating in Nashville’s vibrant community life.


Session 2: Transportation


Tanisha Hallā€“
Founding Principal & CEO
Fairpointe Planning


Diana Alarcon
Director of Transportation
Nashville Department of Transportation

Steve Bland
WeGo Public Transit/ RTA of Middle Tennessee

Jess Dauphin
President and CEO
Transit Alliance

Michelle Lacewell
Deputy Director and Chief Communications Officer
Greater Nashville Regional Council

Session 3: Neighborhood Redevelopment/Affordable Housing


Aron Thompson
Vice President of Housing & Economic Development, Director R.E.D. Academy
Urban League of Middle TennesseeĀ 


Kaycee Ensign
Housing Policy Research Analyst
Metro Nashville Planning Department

Alisha Haddock
Senior Vice President, Director of Community & Economic Development
The Housing Fund

Evan Holladay
Founder and CEO
Holladay Ventures

Dr. Troy White
Executive Director
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

Session 4: R1/Industry Connection & Tech Transfer

Alan Bentley
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization

Alyse Faour
Director of Corporate Partnerships
Vanderbilt University

Donna Inges
Associate Director of Research Development

Scott Paja
Assistant Provost & Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships
Vanderbilt University

Chris Rowe
Executive Director for Industry Collaborations
Office of the Vice Provost for Research


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