New Policing Policy Commission Includes Two from LGBTQ Community


Two members of Nashville’s LGBTQ community will sit on the newly created Nashville Policing Policy Commission, which was created by Mayor John Cooper to review use-of-force policies within the MNPD and develop necessary reforms to set a new national standard in policing and public safety.

Ashlee Davis and Mac Huffington will join 38 prominent community leaders to serve on the commission.

Ashlee Davis

Davis, who is also chair of the Community Oversight Board, is vice president at global financial firm AllianceBernstein, leading diversity and inclusion at its Nashville headquarters.  Read this profile of her in The Tennessean.

Huffington, founder and owner of MAC Productions, is very active in the local LGBTQ community. Read this profile of her in Out & About Nashville.

Mac Huffington

Mayor Cooper has asked the Commission to form three committees to undertake this work. Former Mayor Karl Dean and Judge Richard Dinkins will take the lead in organizing the committees outlined below.

1)    Serving Nashville’s Communities

2)    Screening, Supervision, Resources, and Recruitment

3)    Policies, Tactics, and Training

Policing Policy Commission Members

Karl Dean, Co-Chair of Police Policy Commission, Former Mayor and Public Defender of Nashville

Richard Dinkins, TN Co-Chair of Police Policy Commission, Judge, Court of Appeals, State of Tennessee

Ashlee Davis, VP, AllianceBernstein, Chair of Community Oversight Board

Phil Ponder, Former Councilmember

Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, Managing Partner, Finn Partners

Russ Pulley, Public Safety Committee Chair

Bob Fisher, Belmont University President

Whitney Washington, Political Director of Stand Up Nashville

Melissa Blackburn, Judge of Division II General Session Court

Bob Allen, SWAT Team Instructor, Fraternity of Police

David Esquivel, Founding Member, Bass Berry

Mac Huffington, Founder & Owner, Mac Productions

LeShaun Oliver, Police Captain, Vanderbilt University Police Department

Juliana Ospina Cano, Executive Director, Conexion Americas

Margie Quin, CEO, End Slavery Tennessee

Robert Sherrill, CEO & Founder, Imperial Cleaning Systems/ Impact Youth Outreach

Chris Jackson, Pastor, Pleasant Green Baptist Church

Sabina Moyhuddin, Executive Director, American Muslim Advisory Council

Phreadom Dimas, Youth Leader, Oasis Center

Darrell Talbert, President, ICON Entertainment

Larry Woods, Chairman, Wood & Woods Attorneys at Law

Jimmy Greer, Pastor, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Tom Turner, President & CEO Nashville Downtown Partnership

Reggie Miller, President, National Black Police Association Nashville Chapter

Nawzad Harami, Manager, Salahadeen Center

Meera Reddy Balal, Founder, Women’s Healthcare Initiative

David Fox, Financial Markets Trader, Former Chairman of Nashville Board of Public Education

Rachel Freeman, President & CEO, Sexual Assault Center

Clifton Harris, President & CEO, Urban League of Middle Tennessee

Torry Johnson, Former District Attorney of Metro Nashville and Davidson County

Demetria Kalidemos, Executive Producer, Nashville Banner

Lonnell Matthews, Juvenile Court Clerk, Davidson County Juvenile Courts

Amanda Lucas, LCSW, Criminal Justice Member, Nashville Organized for Hope and Action (NOAH)

Bruce Maxwell, Pastor, Lake Providence Baptist Church

Sharon K. Roberson, President & CEO, YWCA

Larry Turnley, Violence Interrupter, Gideon’s Army

John R. Faison, Pastor, Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Manuel Delgado, Owner, Delgado Guitars

Gary Moore, Former Councilmember, Retired Nashville Fire Department, IAFF Local 140

Worrick Robinson, Member, Robinson, Regan and Young PLLC

Eli Foster, Blue Ribbon MNPS Teacher