Chamber hires two to serve as policy VPs

Execs coming from SCORE, Vanderbilt

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced Laura Moore and Whitney Weeks will join its staff in January, with both to serve under the title of vice president of policy.

Additionally, Stephanie Coleman, who has served as vice president of policy for the last two years, will take on the newly created position of vice president of member value and strategic alliances. Coleman will lead the chamber’s sponsorship, programs and events functions.

Moore (on left in photo) will oversee the chamber’s Vital Signs project, an annual report of key community indicators for the Nashville region. She arrives from the Statewide Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), where she has most recently served as director of innovation. At SCORE, Moore led the organization’s monitoring of Tennessee’s Race to the Top grant implementation, the 2013 Leadership Summit, and the selection process for the annual SCORE Prize.

Prior to joining SCORE, Moore served as project and policy manager at Civic Enterprises in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Harvard University and is pursuing a master's degree in public policy at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Weeks (on right in photo) will lead the chamber’s annual Education Report Card process, in addition to her support of the chamber’s advocacy efforts.

Weeks has served as executive director of the Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies since 2010, where she partnered with key stakeholders within the Vanderbilt community to identify areas in which the university can work with the city of Nashville regarding the center’s strategic priorities.

Previously, Weeks served at the director level within Vanderbilt’s division of public affairs for seven years, as well as having experience as a freelance writer and editor. Weeks is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds a master's degree in teaching from Smith College.

“We are excited to announce Stephanie’s new position and welcome Laura and Whitney to the Chamber,” Ralph Schulz, chamber president and CEO, said in a release. “Stephanie has been successful during her time as our VP of policy. And in this new role, her talents and abilities will enhance our member benefits and Chamber value.”