Haslam Names Current Memphis MPA Student, Karla Davis, as Labor And Workforce Development
Memphian’s Career Shows Hands-On Experience with Workforce Issues
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam named Karla Davis as Commissioner
of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Since 2006, Davis has been Director of Urban Strategies Memphis Hope, managing and
overseeing the Community and Supportive Services Program for three U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOPE VI public housing redevelopment projects
and two HUD ROSS Grant projects in Memphis.
Davis previously worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 16 years,
rising to become an Environmental Justice program manager covering six states. As
program manager at the EPA, she focused on environmental and human health improvements
and community revitalization in distressed urban areas.
“Karla Davis brings an outstanding record of accomplishment and management skill to
the Cabinet, and I’m looking forward to working with her to help Tennesseans,” Haslam
said. “Her focus on helping to revive communities and families shows her commitment
to making our state a better place, and I’m honored she is a part of the team.”
Davis is Chair of the Tennessee Local Workforce Investment Area 13 Youth Council and
a member of the Memphis City Beautiful Commission and Shelby County Families First
Advisory Council. For the last three years, she has been a member of the Annual Grants
Committee for the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis and she’s a member of Leadership
Memphis’s Class of 2009.
From: Governor Haslam's website - www.billhaslam.org