Mayor David Briley has named experienced jobs developer Jamari Brown as the new director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development.
“Jamari has been working in economic and community development across our state for more than 10 years,” said Mayor Briley. “He has an impressive track record of bringing people together and attracting quality companies to Davidson County. I’m confident he will continue to help our city grow while always looking through an equity lens to ensure all residents benefit from that growth.”
Brown comes to the Mayor’s Office from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, where he served as the director of business development. Jamari has led 70 teams that have announced more than 13,000 jobs and investments of $2 billion in Tennessee. During this time, Jamari has worked with a diverse list of clients that include AllianceBernstein, Google, Hankook Tire, The ICEE Company, Lyft, Philips, UBS, Warner Music Group and others.
“As a native Nashvillian, it is an honor to join Mayor Briley’s team,” said Brown. “Mayor Briley, city council members and the local business community have done an outstanding job positioning Nashville as a top destination for entrepreneurs, local businesses, and companies looking for growth and opportunity. I look forward to building on this success and bringing career opportunities to all parts of Davidson County.”
As director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development, Brown will lead efforts to recruit and grow businesses in Nashville. Brown fulfills the position most recently held by Matt Wiltshire, who is moving to MDHA to head up the Mayor’s Under One Roof 2029 initiative, the city’s largest-ever investment in affordable housing.
Brown graduated from Pearl-Cohn Comprehensive High School and has a degree in business administration with a focus in marketing from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He has previously served as a board member on the Governor’s Medical Device Advisory Board, Life Science Tennessee, and Tokenize Tennessee.