October 24, 2007 - Mayor Bill Haslam
announced today that Jason Woodle has agreed to become the first
Neighborhood Coordinator for the city's new Office of Neighborhoods.
The creation of the new position of neighborhood coordinator stems
from recommendations made earlier this year by the Mayor's Neighborhood
The 15-member body, appointed by Mayor Haslam in 2006, was charged
with developing ideas how the city could be more responsive to its
The new office is part of the City of Knoxville's Community Development
Division and Woodle will report to Madeline Rogero, director of
Woodle - who was most recently membership services coordinator
for the University of Tennessee's radio station, WUOT-91.9 FM, and
spent a month last summer teaching English in China - will begin
work October 29.
"Jason has a gift for working with different groups of people
and we think that he will do a wonderful job in helping us to communicate
and work better with our neighborhoods," Rogero said.
She said Woodle would increase the flow of information about the
city's services, policies and resources to neighborhood organizations.
At the same time he will be a liaison between the neighborhoods
and relevant decision makers in city government.
Woodle, from Knoxville, graduated from Bearden High School before
attending the University of Tennessee where he earned a degree in
Religious Studies in 1999. He followed that with a master's degree
in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University
in Washington, D.C. in 2002.
He has also studied at La Sorbonne and L'Universite de Caen, both
in France, and at Erasmus University, in the Netherlands. He has
also served as a guest researcher and facilitator at the Training
and Research Institute in Romania.
In addition to his work in Knoxville Woodle has worked in the past
for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Associated
Press' Broadcast News Center in Washington, D.C. and he was an assistant
program specialists for the City of Knoxville's Parks and Recreation
Division from 1996-2000.
Jason and his wife Emily live in the Oakwood Lincoln Park neighborhood
where they are restoring a 108-year-old house. He is a member of
the 2008 class of Leadership Knoxville and a board member and program
chair of the Race Relations Center of East Tennessee.