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Board of Directors

Board Directors for the Downtown Knoxville Alliance are elected for three-year terms and are eligible to serve two terms. Nominations can be made at any time by emailing the name and contact information of a nominee to [email protected].

Nominations for FY 2021-2022 will be accepted via email until May 5, 2021. Members will elect two (2) business representatives, one (1) resident representative, and one (1) stakeholder representative at the June 21, 2021 Annual Meeting. To learn more, read the Policy of Nominations and Elections.

2020-2021 Board Directors

Matthew DeBardelaben, Chair
[email protected] 
Business Representative

Michael Riley, Treasurer
The Oliver Hotel
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Business Representative

Becky Hancock, Secretary
Historical Tennessee Theatre Foundation 
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Stakeholder Representative

Robin Easter
Robin Easter Design
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Business Representative

Rick Emmett
City of Knoxville
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Appt by Mayor of the City of Knoxville

Vince Fusco 
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Resident Representative

Lorie Matthews, Vice Chair
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Resident Representative

Daniel Smith
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Business Representative

Mary Katherine Wormsley
Hatcher-Hill Properties, LLC
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Stakeholder Representative

Ex-officio Board Members

Representative Sam McKenzie
State House of Representatives
615-741-0768
[email protected]

Senator Richard Briggs
State Senate
615-741-1766
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