The Honorable Karl Dean
Board of Directors
The Honorable Karl Dean was the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011 with nearly 80 percent of the vote. During his time in office, Mayor Dean has invested in schools, public safety and economic development — the three areas most important to the city’s continued success.
He was sworn in on September 21, 2007. From 1999 to January 9, 2007, Karl Dean served as Nashville’s Director of Law under Mayor Bill Purcell. In 1990, 1994, and 1998, he was elected the city’s public defender. Karl Dean is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University in 1978 and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1981.