Mayor John Cooper Announces New Hires to Advance Education and Youth Priorities – Nashville.gov

by | Sep 22, 2022 | Education

On Thursday, Mayor John Cooper announced new administration hires focused on advancing his education agenda for Nashville families and neighborhoods, which will focus on continuing to invest in public education, youth workforce development and digital inclusion.

Dr. Robert N. Wallace, Jr. will serve as Mayor Cooper’s Senior Education Advisor. Wallace will be responsible for working with Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and with business, nonprofit, and community groups to improve outcomes for Nashville’s children.

La’Kishia Harris, a Fuse Executive Fellow with Mayor John Cooper’s office, will now serve as Associate Director of Youth Workforce Economic Opportunity and Community Development. Harris will be responsible for coordination and management of programs designed to provide mentoring, leadership development, educational support, and supervision to youth and young adults.

“We are building a strong culture of educational excellence and prioritizing young people that must remain deeply embedded in our policy choices and budget priorities,” said Mayor Cooper. “That’s why I’m so excited to have La’Kishia and Robert on board helping drive these efforts. La’Kishia has done exceptional work in the workforce development space since joining our office as a fellow last fall, and Dr. Wallace has a proven track record in education and understands the complexities involved in building student-focused partnerships as Chief Operating Officer of PENCIL, …

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