Mayor Berke Names Donna C. Williams To Lead Economic And Community Development

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mayor Andy Berke announced Wednesday Donna C. Williams will lead the Economic and Community Development department for the city of Chattanooga. 

“As a city, we will connect community with economic development to provide new opportunities,” said Mayor Berke. “By working closely with our key partners, we can grow our city by both attracting large companies and helping to grow startups and small businesses throughout Chattanooga. 

“Donna is the right person to lead this effort.

She has extensive experience in our community, both in real estate and neighborhood revitalization. She has the passion and leadership to help implement my vision for economic and community development, one in which we strengthen our neighborhoods and make sure every part of Chattanooga has the opportunity to grow,” said Mayor Berke.

Ms. Williams is most recently the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga as well as a realtor and marketing strategist for ReMax/Keller Williams. She spent 13 years working with community-based organizations at Neighborhood Stabilization and Revitalization as well as vice president of Business Development at Elemental Interactive and an account executive at Apple. 

A graduate of Brainerd High School, Ms. Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from UTC.


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