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Minority Business Advisory Council


On April 20, 2018, Mayor David Briley signed an executive order forming the Minority Business Advisory Council. The Council will meet quarterly and is charged with submitting an annual report outlining the challenges and opportunities for minority business growth as well as proposals to improve, among other areas, contracting opportunities with Metro, entrepreneurship, access to workforce training and talent, technological support, and access to capital.


  • Ashley Northington, Director, DENOR Brands and Public Relations (Council Chair)
  • Michelle Brown, Vice President of Metropolitan Policy, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Toby Compton, President/CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Yuri Cunza, President/CEO, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Marcela Gomez, President, Latin American Chamber of Commerce
  • Joe Wooley, President, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Ashford Hughes, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Mayor’s Office
  • Sam Kirk, Founder, Youth About Business
  • Josh Mundy, co-owner, The Lab
  • Luis Parodi, Business Banking Relationship Manager, Fifth Third
  • Councilmember Tanaka Vercher, Chair, Metro Council Budget committee/member of the Minority Caucus
  • Carolyn Waller, President, Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Nancy Youssef, President, Curves with Purpose
  • Diane Michel, Advocacy Director, Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business
  • Marilyn Robinson, Executive Director of the Nashville Minority Business Center
  • Roger Ligon, President of I.C.F. Builders & Consultants
  • Representative to be announced, Metro Finance Department
  • Representative to be announced, Metro Business Assistance Office


  • Macy Amos and Nicki Eke, Attorneys, Metro Legal Department  
  • Patrick Combs, Executive Director, Nashville Career Advancement Center
  • Don Hardin, President, Don Hardin Group, member of the Procurement Standards Board
  • Michelle Hernandez-Lane, Chief Purchasing Agent, Metro Government
  • Audra Ladd, Small Business/Creative Economy Manager, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development

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