President/CEO Bridgett Massengill serves as the President/CEO of the Thrive Regional Partnership, Inc., an independent nonprofit organization working across the tri-state Chattanooga region to ignite responsible and inspired growth for the next forty years.
Connie Vaughan serves as the Government Relations Manager for McKee Foods, a role in which she develops strategies, and coordinates policies and objectives involving local, state, and federal government affairs.
Whitney K. Coeof Athens, Tennessee in McMinn County is Coordinator of the National Rural Assembly with the Center for Rural Strategies,a rural movement made up of activities and partnerships geared toward building better policy and more opportunity across the country
Chuck Dobbins is the President and owner of Dobbins Investments, LLC. He specializes in commercial real estate brokerage, development and consulting for investors, corporate end users, communities, and other service providers.
Christy Gillenwater serves as the President and CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, working with her staff to promote regional economic development and serve the Chamber’s more than 2,000 members.
Brittany Pittmanis a native of Chatsworth, Georgia in Murray County. She has a strong desire to see rural Georgia thrive, which led her to her current role as the State of Georgia Program Manager for the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Honna Rogers grew up in Northeast Georgia. She graduated from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA with a Bachelors of History degree and from the University of Tennessee with a Masters in Public Administration.
Dr. Mina Sartipi is the Founding Director of the Center for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) in Hamilton County, where she is also a UC Foundation Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department.