State chamber adds VP of government, community affairs

Cooley Public Strategies pro returns to organization in expanded role

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry announced today the appointment of Bradley Jackson as vice president, government and community affairs.

Jackson arrives at the chamber, at which he previously worked, from Nashville-based public affairs and issue advocacy firm Cooley Public Strategies (read more here). He begins his new job on Dec. 17.

From 2007 to 2011, Jackson (pictured) served the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry as vice president, governmental affairs. In his expanded role, he will serve in more of a management position and is expected to bring on consultants to address various issues facing the Chamber.

“Bradley Jackson brings unparalleled skill and experience to the Tennessee Chamber,” Catherine Glover, state chamber president, said in a release. “He has a keen sense of how business and government can work together – and succeed together. For the Chamber, the timing could not be better.”

Jackson, a University of Tennessee graduate, has worked in numerous aspects of government in both the executive and legislative branches. For example, he was chief assistant and legislative liaison for the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions and served as a principal research analyst for the legislature’s House and Senate finance committees.

“[Jackson has] worked closely with the Chamber for many years, and has scored many successes on behalf of businesses in Tennessee,” said Bill Ozier, chamber chairman and a partner at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

Cooley Public Strategies Principal Dave Cooley said Jackson was offered an opportunity that could not be overlooked.

“We look forward to a continued strong and vital partnership with the Chamber, focusing on myriad issues of relevance to the business community,” Cooley said.