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November 27, 2022 | Tom Ballard

LaunchTN announces two key hires, new role for another staffer

Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) has announced two new hires and the move of another key team member to a new position.

  • Emily Masters joined the organization in September as Development Director. A lifelong resident of the Volunteer State, Masters has more than 20 years of experience in both the nonprofit and public sectors. She started as a resolution writer for the Tennessee General Assembly before spending eight years, including a Program Director role, with Humanities Tennessee.
  • Chloé Morrison just joined LaunchTN as Communications Director following nearly two years in the same role with CO.LAB, the organization’s network partner in Chattanooga. She brings 15 years of journalism and communications experience to the team, having worked for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Daily Times in Maryville, and NOOGAtoday. Morrison spent seven years covering startups and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chattanooga.
  • Ashley Currie is moving from communications to Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement Director where she will continue to focus on amplifying LaunchTN through marketing and event strategies. That includes leading “3686 Entrepreneur Festival,” the organization’s flagship annual event for which she will work closely with the organization’s stakeholders to enhance meaningful engagement, mission alignment, and continue to innovate LaunchTN’s benefits to its supporters.

“These hires represent growth for LaunchTN and will allow us to better serve our founders,” said Lindsey Cox, the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She was named to the position in March and transitioned from her previous role as CEO of CO.LAB over the next few months.

Masters will be focused on solidifying key partnerships and pursuing new sources for organizational funding. She brings a strong fundraising background to the LaunchTN position. Masters raised the local matching funds for Metro Arts when Nashville hosted the Americans for the Arts Convention, functioned as Development Consultant for NashvilleHealth from the point of its founding through the departure of the inaugural CEO, and most recently wrapped-up nearly three years with The Porch Writers’ Collective, where she more than tripled the organization’s annual grant funding.

Currie is an entrepreneur and creative, bringing years of experience within corporate marketing, advertising and managing her own marketing consultancy along with being the founder of Urbaanite Nashville, Music City’s only multicultural lifestyle magazine.

Morrison will continue to reside in The Scenic City while focusing on telling founder stories and wins for LaunchTN.