| January 16, 2007 -
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam announced today that Madeleine R. Weil
has begun work as deputy director of policy development for the City
of Knoxville where she will concentrate on downtown development.
Weil, 29, previously worked as a policy analyst for Environment
Northeast, a non-profit organization in New Haven, Ct., focusing
on state and regional energy policies.
Prior to that she was an environmental planner with the City of
New Haven where she coordinated the city's energy and air quality
In those roles Weil authored several articles for publication and
made presentations at numerous conferences.
Weil succeeds Jill Van Beke, who has served as deputy director
Van Beke, who joined the city in 2003, has accepted a position with
a private firm.
As part of her duties Weil will coordinate downtown development
activities and serve as the city's point-of-contact for residents,
businesses, organizations and government agencies involved in downtown.
"We are very happy that Madeleine Weil is joining us,"
said Bill Lyons, the city's senior director for policy development.
"I look forward to working with her on downtown and its connection
to adjoining neighborhoods."
"She brings a wealth of experience to the job and will be
a great asset to the city," he added.
Weil, who grew up in Missouri, has a bachelor's degree in American
Studies from Carleton College in Northfield, MN.
She also has a master's degree in environmental management from
the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
She and her husband, Bob Morrissey, an assistant professor of history
at the University of Tennessee, reside in the Island Home neighborhood.