Mayor David Briley has appointed former Metro Council Member Lawrence E. Hall, Jr. to head the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement.
As director, Hall will work closely to appreciate the needs of neighborhoods across the city and to drive strategic partnerships with community leaders, stakeholders and residents. Hall’s portfolio will also include significant work in key priority areas such as affordable housing, transportation, financial empowerment, sustainability, public safety and education.
“Lawrence’s deep credentials in government, policy, community relations and external affairs are perfect for this important role in my office. I am confident that Lawrence will work tirelessly toward the important goals of equity and quality of life for all Nashvillians,” Mayor Briley said.
Hall, who represented District 5 in East Nashville from 1999 to 2003, is joining the administration from Meharry Medical College. Most recently, Hall held the position of vice president of External Affairs and Business Development at the college as well as interim vice president of External Affairs, assistant vice president of External Affairs and director of State Governmental Affairs. Previously, Hall worked as a research analysis and liaison to the House State and Local Government Committee at the Tennessee General Assembly.
“I’m absolutely honored to be chosen by Mayor Briley to serve in his administration. I’m excited about working with the team to address the many needs and concerns of Nashville,” Hall said. “Improving the quality of life in Nashville’s neighborhoods is a priority of this administration, and I’m looking forward to making a contribution to that effort.”
A Nashville native, Hall is active in the community and is a former board member of the Margaret Maddox YMCA and The Tennessee Lobbyists Association. He has also served in The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Citizen Academy and is past president of the Highland Heights Citizens Advisory Committee.
Hall holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Tennessee State University.