August 4, 2005 - Knoxville banker and community
leader Renee Kesler has been named director of community development
for the City of Knoxville, Mayor Haslam announced today.
Director of Community Development
She will oversee the City's Community Development Division, which
leverages funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Affairs for local neighborhood improvements, particularly programs
related to economic development, housing and job training. She will
report to Sam Anderson, senior director of the City's Department
of Community and Neighborhood Services.
Kesler succeeds Kevin DuBose, who has been named director of economic
and community development for the city of Macon, Ga.
"Renee's professional experience and extensive community
involvement are tailor-made for this role, and I appreciate her
willingness to serve," Mayor Haslam said. "Her participation
in current community development efforts across East Tennessee will
allow her to hit the ground running and provide a smooth transition
for this important work."
"I appreciate Kevin's contributions to the City during his
tenure, and wish him well as he takes on this new challenge for
his professional career," the Mayor stated.
Kesler has been with AmSouth Bank since 1999, currently serving
as community development officer, assistant vice president for the
Northeast Tennessee and Virginia region. In that role, she provided
leadership, support, and continual improvement in lending, service,
investment, outreach and assessment of activity relative to community
She also serves on the board of directors of the Beck Cultural
Exchange Center, Community Investment Fund, East Tennessee Community
Housing Development Board Corp. (chair); East Tennessee Community
Design Center, Foundation Forward Inc., Knox Housing Partnership
(executive committee, secretary/treasurer), and Neighborhood Housing
and Commercial Services Inc.
She has served on the board of commissioners for Knoxville's Community
Development Corp. and the board of directors of the City's Industrial
Kesler also serves on the advisory boards for the following organizations:
Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Equality Coalition for Housing Opportunities,
Fannie Mae, Tennessee, Heart of Knoxville Career Investment Center
and Knox County Fair Housing.
She will join the City of Knoxville on August 15.