Following a three month national search, the Nashville CARES Board of Directors has appointed Amna Osman as the agency’s next Chief Executive Officer. Osman will take the helm of the organization next month as current CEO Joseph Interrante retires after 25 years of service.

Amna Osman, Nashville CARES' Newly Appointed CEO
Amna Osman, Nashville CARES’ Newly Appointed CEO

Osman comes to CARES from the greater-Detroit, Michigan area, where she has spent much of her career working for HIV/AIDS organizations. She has held  positions ranging from case manager to executive director. She has a proven record of successfully leading and growing nonprofit organizations, which was a key factor in her selection by the board.

“We are so fortunate to have found someone with Amna’s breadth of knowledge and experience,” said CARES Board President Joe Burchfield. “We are thrilled to welcome Amna to Nashville and the CARES family. This is an exciting time for the agency and we look forward to the future with Amna.”

With 20 years working as a public health innovator and leader and with an extensive background in all aspects of program management, Osman brings valuable experience to her new role. Upon her official start on April 15, Osman will become the fifth leader of CARES in its 34-year history.

“It is a pleasure and honor to join Nashville CARES,” said Osman. “I look forward to working with dedicated and committed colleagues to advance CARES’ mission and continue serving people living with HIV/AIDS, and those at-risk in the Middle Tennessee community.”

Osman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in public administration and will soon complete her doctoral work, earning a Ph.D. in leadership and change from Antioch University.