New leadership for the City of Chattanooga, TN

Dr. Mary Lambert (top left), Brent Goldberg (top right), Joda Thongnopnua (bottom left) and Emily O’Donnell are all on Mayor Tim Kelly’s new leadership team. | Photos contributed by City of Chattanooga

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New Mayor Tim Kelly has made senior leadership picks, and his transition team is still working to guide additional decisions. 

Meet the new city leaders. 👇

City Attorney — Emily O’Donnell

Chief of Staff — Brent Goldberg 

  • Former chief business officer for Hamilton County Schools
  • Also worked as COO for the City of Chattanooga

Chief Policy Officer — Joda Thongnopnua

  • Former director of strategic initiatives and communications at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga
  • Former executive director of urban policy research organization, the Metro Ideas Project

Community Health Officer — Dr. Mary Lambert 

  • Previously worked at the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the CDC, the FDA, and the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Top priorities include helping navigate Chattanooga out of the pandemic, increasing the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations, and reducing health disparities across the city

Deputy Chief of Staff — Julia Bursch

  • Former director of operations + special projects for River City Co.

Director of Community Engagement — Ronald Elliott

  • Former director of community outreach for the office of family empowerment

Director of Innovation Delivery and Performance — Chris Anderson

  • Former District 7 city councilman 

Director of Policy Planning and Implementation — Brooke Satterfield

  • Served as special projects manager under former Mayor Andy Berke

Director of Special Projects — Ellis Smith

  • Served as director of coalition + policy for Kelly’s mayoral campaign
  • Former chief marketing officer of Kelly’s companies

Interim Administrator of Economic and Community Development — Anthony Sammons

  • Served as deputy chief operating officer under Mayor Berke

Interim Deputy Administrator of Economic Development — Jermaine Freeman

  • Served as deputy chief of staff under Mayor Berke

Senior Transition Coordinator and Director of Recovery and Resilience — Maura Sullivan

  • Served as COO for the city under Mayor Berke