Economic & Community Development Officer

Chief Economic and Community Development Officer and Deputy to the Mayor

Stephanie Welch
(865) 215-2029

400 Main St., Room 655
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Stephanie WelchEconomic and Community Development is led by Chief Operating Officer and Deputy to the Mayor Stephanie Welch. 

Stephanie Welch served as City Councilwoman for the 1st District from November 2017 until February 2020. She left her position to serve as the City's Chief Economic & Community Development Officer and Deputy to the Mayor. 

For more than two decades, Stephanie has dedicated herself to building strong, healthy and educated communities in Knoxville and across East Tennessee. Her career began in public health, with a focus on community engagement and strategic planning to promote healthy eating, active living and health equity. Through her tenure at the East Tennessee Regional Health Office and at the Knox County Health Department, Stephanie built a reputation as a leader both locally and nationally, chairing boards ranging from Knoxville’s Food Policy Council to the National Association of County and City Health Officials MAPP Workgroup. She currently serves as the President of Great Schools Partnership, a non-profit that works closely with Knox County Schools to create the best public schools in the south.

Stephanie has also served in the United States Army Reserves for 19 years, and was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 and 2008. She holds the rank of Major and is the Executive Officer for a Medical Support Unit in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Originally from New Hampshire, Stephanie moved to Knoxville in 1995 to attend the University of Tennessee, where she earned a dual master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition. Stephanie strives to create balance in her life by practicing yoga, and enjoys hiking, biking and active travel with her partner Mark and their three dogs, Suttree, Chester and Sprout.

Chief Economic & Community Development Officer oversees these City Departments:

Housing & Neighborhood Development
Development Services
Downtown & Urban Corridors