Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed Bill Mason of Greenbriar, Tenn., to fill the post of Director of Community Affairs.
Mason, who joined the Governor's staff in November, worked with Al Gore for more than 16 years and was one of the longest-serving members of the former Vice President's staff.
Prior to his appointment to the Governor's staff, Mason was chief of staff to Congressman Bob Clement from 1999 to 2003. He also served as chief executive officer for the Tennessee Alternative Educators Association, which is a statewide nonprofit association composed of educators, counselors and administrators working in public alternative schools.
Most recently, he served as executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, a statewide nonprofit association based in Nashville advocating for economic justice for all Tennesseans in their dealings with businesses, professionals and government.
In his new role, Mason is charged with identifying emerging issues of importance to state constituencies. He will oversee the Governor's office of Constituent Services and the Boards and Commissions office.