Charter schools hybrid group names new lobbyist

The freshly-minted Tennessee Charter School Center wasted little time naming its new lobbyist — who is no relation to Criminal Appeals Court Judge Jeff Bivens.

“Tennessee is fortunate to have a number of legislators who are willing to stand for high quality public school options,” said Greg Thompson, CEO of the Center. “However, the climate for education reform is still challenging, and we are excited to have Brandy Bivens on board as we work strategically to advance important policies for Tennessee’s students. She brings the leadership and political acumen to our team that will help the Center work collaboratively with our partner organizations, legislators, and stakeholders to advance the educational landscape in our state.”

Bivens joins the Center with a wealth of knowledge and experience about Tennessee’s unique policy environment. Most recently she served as Associate Director for Health Sciences, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the University of Tennessee (UT). Prior to her work at UT, Bivens worked with the Policy Group at Baker Donelson, where she advocated on behalf of Tennessee’s charter schools as a Public Policy Advisor.

“I have always been committed to ensuring that families in Tennessee have access to high-quality public education,” said Bivens. “Charter schools represent an important and ever-growing facet of the public education landscape in Tennessee, and I am excited to work with the Center to continue strengthening educational opportunities for students across the state.”

Aug 22, 2013 5:36 PM