Our Team

Kim James, Executive Director


Kim James serves as the Executive Director for the Young Leaders Council. With more than 15 years of extensive community relations, program management, donor engagement, and communications experience, Kim is a graduate of Fisk University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in financial economics before obtaining a master’s degree in business administration from Tennessee State University in 2003. She is the 2018 recipient of the Women in Leadership of Central Illinois’ Woman Leader of the Year Award and a 2018 graduate of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School.

Holly Clark, Alumni Engagement & Events Manager


Holly Clark serves as the Alumni Engagement and Events Manager for Young Leaders Council. She is a 2017 alumna of YLC, interning on the board of Friends of Warner Parks. She has more than 15 years of experience with Nashville’s nonprofit community in event planning and development roles most recently serving as Safe Haven Family Shelter’s event director. Holly was also director of development and communications at Nashville OIC and was the manager at the Nashville Chamber Public Benefit Foundation.  At the Foundation, she planned Project Homeless Connect and Nashville’s Poverty Symposium working toward reducing poverty and homelessness in Nashville. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, and is a graduate of Auburn University.

Jackie Tidwell

Jackie Tidwell, Program Manager


Jackie Tidwell serves as the Program Manager for Young Leaders Council. She is a 2013 alumna of YLC, interning on the board of Thistle Farms. She has more than 15 years of experience with program management and community engagement in the nonprofit and public sectors. Her work has spanned arts and culture, neighborhood development, placemaking in public space, local policy, and transportation planning. Jackie currently serves as the board chair for Kindling Arts, a Nashville-based independent arts incubator. She graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre performance and political science in 2009 and received a Master of Urban Planning & Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017.

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