22, 2006 - Today, Mayor Bill Haslam announced that Madeline
Rogero will join his administration as Director of Community Development.
"I'm thrilled that Madeline is joining our team, she brings great
strengths to this job" said Mayor Haslam. "Madeline knows the issues
well and she is sensitive to the needs of our community."
Haslam added, "Madeline will be able to step into an important
piece of city government and can immediately help us determine how
we best use our federal dollars to benefit our community."
"I'm excited about the opportunity to serve the city and Mayor
Haslam in the area of community development," said Rogero.
"I believe that strong neighborhoods are the backbone of strong
cities. I look forward to working together, seeking input and putting
a plan into action."
Rogero is a strong neighborhood activist. She served two terms
on County Commission and has remained active in the community, serving
on various boards including the city's Knoxville Transportation
Authority and the South Waterfront Oversight Committee.
Most recently Rogero has worked as a consultant for corporate,
nonprofit and government clients. She provided services that include
program and policy development, facilitation, government and community
relations, strategic planning, community collaborations and leadership
development. Previously Rogero served as Executive Director of several
nonprofits including Knoxville's Promise, the Dollywood Foundation
and the Community Partnership Center.
Rogero has extensive experience in community economic development
and a Master's Degree in planning. All of these experiences make
her uniquely qualified to do this job.
The Community Development Department will remain under the leadership
of Larry Martin, Deputy to the Mayor and Finance Director.
"I appreciate Madeline's willingness to take on the challenge
of leading the Community Development department at this time,"
said Martin. "She is committed to the Mayor's agenda of strengthening
our neighborhoods and making sure all funds available, whether it's
city, state or federal dollars are used in the best way possible
to enhance our city."
Mayor Haslam is personally committed to making sure that we are
strategic and wise in the use of all public monies, and that dollars
targeted for low to moderate income neighborhoods help the most
people in the best way.