Mayor John Cooper Recruits More Nashvillians For Community Safety Effort

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eleven Nashvillians – experts in areas ranging from Metro Council to medicine – have joined Mayor John Cooper’s community safety efforts as the mayor today appointed them to his new Community Safety Partnership Advisory Board.

The group will provide funding recommendations for more than $1.5 million in grants, which Mayor Cooper allocated in March to bolster neighborhood groups working to prevent and reduce violence in Nashville.

“Community challenges demand community solutions,” Mayor Cooper said. “Our public safety response requires strong partnerships. And we must make real investments in strategies that work best for our neighborhoods.”

“I’m grateful to all the Nashvillians who are joining us in a community-driven approach to making our neighborhoods safer,” he added.

The board will work with Ron Johnson, who the mayor named as Nashville’s first Community Safety Coordinator in March. Johnson, a veteran coalition builder and violence prevention expert will lead the mayor’s community safety efforts as he collaborates with neighborhood groups and Metro Nashville Police.

“Partnering with – and investing in – the groups working to make our neighborhoods safer was one of the Policing Policy Commission’s most important recommendations,” said Sharon Roberson. She is president and CEO of YWCA Nashville and co-chaired the mayor’s Policing Policy Commission. Roberson will also lead the Community Safety Partnership Advisory Board.

“I want to thank Mayor Cooper for making a major down payment on our recommendations,” Roberson added.

Mayor Cooper’s Community Safety Partnership Advisory Board

  • Katina Beard
    Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, CEO
    Mayor’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Advisory Council, Chair
  • Christiane Buggs
    United Way of Greater Nashville, Manager of Literacy Partnerships
    Metro Nashville Public School Board of Education, Chair
  • Judge Sheila Calloway
    Juvenile Court of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County
  • Jennifer Gamble
    Metro Council Public Safety Committee, Chair
    Nelson PR & Communications, Founder and CEO
  • Deputy Chief Dwayne Greene
    Metro Nashville Police Community Services Bureau
  • Nawzad Hawrami
    Salahadeen Center, Vice President, and founding board member
    Mayor’s New American Advisory Council, Public Safety Chair
  • Rev. Dr. Christopher Jackson
    Pleasant Green Baptist Church, Senior Pastor
    Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship, President
  • Dr. Alex Jahangir
    Metro Nashville Public Health Board, Chair Vanderbilt Center for Trauma, Burn, and
    Emergency Surgery, Executive Medical Director
    Vanderbilt Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Director
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Professor
  • Andrés Martínez
    Metro Community Oversight Board, Chair
    Conexión Américas, Policy and Communications Director
  • Tom Turner
    Nashville Downtown Partnership, President and CEO
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