Shannon Hunt serves as the president and CEO of the Nashville Public Education Foundation.
Hunt comes from a family of public school educators and is a public school parent and a graduate of MNPS schools. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, she was a managing partner at CLS & Associates, a prestigious Washington, D.C., public affairs firm, where she led a number of high-profile national and international engagements, including serving as a senior adviser to several foreign heads of state, Fortune 500 CEOs and nonprofit organizations.
Beyond her national and international policy communications experience, Hunt also brings a wealth of Nashville knowledge to the table. A longtime aide to former Mayor and Gov. Phil Bredesen, Hunt served as the mayor’s press secretary and was one of his chief political strategists. She played an instrumental role in a number of Nashville’s high-profile successes during Bredesen’s tenure. These included recruitment of professional sports, management of the successful “NFL Yes” referendum campaign in 1996 and a number of significant education reform initiatives. Hunt later served as communications director and special assistant to Gov. Bredesen at the outset of his gubernatorial administration.
Under her leadership, the Foundation is helping to bring the Nashville community together in an unprecedented way to chart a bold, ambitious course for the future of the city’s public schools and, in turn, setting a new example for the nation in urban school reform.
Read more about Shannon in StyleBlueprint’s Faces of Nashville feature here.