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.

Michael Norman, Program Manager


Michael Norman serves as the Program Manager for Young Leaders Council, overseeing the admissions process, class scheduling and program communications. He is from upstate New York, went to high school in South Carolina, where he joined the army. As an infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division, Michael deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his service, Michael came to Nashville and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2015 at Trevecca Nazarene University, and continued to earn his MPA, concentrating in nonprofit management, from Tennessee State University in 2018. He comes to YLC with experience in government administration, nonprofit management, and the private sector as well. He enjoys hiking, hosting family and friends for special occasions and game nights, and is passionate about being a pivot for the community he serves.  

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Suite 260
Nashville, Tennessee 37212

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