Knoxville, Tenn. – The Knoxville Chamber’s vice president of public policy, Jennifer Evans, will be leaving the organization at the end of September to join Patricia Nash Designs, a company launched by her mother, Patricia Nash, in 2010, to become vice president of strategy and operations.
Evans has played an integral role in the Chamber’s advocacy efforts since joining the organization in April of 2007, especially with regard to public education reform. Over the last six years she has earned the respect of the business community, educators, and elected officials as an influential voice for improving educational outcomes to better prepare today’s students for becoming tomorrow’s workforce.
“We are very happy for Jennifer and know that she will be as valuable to her family business as she was to our organization,” said Mike Edwards, Chamber president and CEO. “She set a new standard for this organization by helping to lead meaningful advocacy efforts that have benefited the business community, and while we will miss her greatly, we will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of businesses after her departure.”
In her new role with Patricia Nash Designs, Evans will serve as the international company’s general counsel as well as develop and implement corporate strategy, ensure key projects are performed as expected, and track overall performance of the organization. She will work with the current teams in Knoxville, New York, and China. The company’s headquarters is located at 109 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.
“Leaving the Chamber was not an easy decision,” Evans said. “We have done very meaningful work over the last six years and I will miss leading the organization’s advocacy efforts. However, I’m so excited to join my mom and help her lead the team at Patricia Nash Designs into the next decade.”