NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Council Member Jacobia Dowell

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Jacobia Dowell is a second term elected Metro Councilmember representing District 32 of Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County. She represents the fastest growing area in Nashville. District 32 includes the former Hickory Hollow Mall business district and spans across both the suburban Antioch as well as the rural Cane Ridge community.

As Councilmember, Jacobia has chaired and served on many committees including Codes, Fair and Farmer’s Market, Budget and Finance, Public Safety, Convention, Tourism and Public Entertainment Facilities and the Metro Nashville Audit Committee.

Jacobia has advocated for improved education, safety, infrastructure and economic development in Nashville. She has championed the redevelopment of the former Hickory Hollow Mall/Crossings area. By collaborating with a variety of stakeholders in order to achieve success, the Antioch area has emerged as one of Nashville’s most sought after communities for new employers and business growth. During her tenure, the area has welcomed new employers like Asurion, Brand Imaging Group, Bridgestone, Calvary Logistics, Community Health Systems, Drake Software, HCA, LKQ, Inc. and Mac Papers. District 32 was also selected as the location of the Nashville’s first regional ice hockey center, The Ford Ice Center and the new IKEA store which will be located in the Century Farms Development.

Jacobia has also been an active voice on the national level in support of favorable policies to help local municipalities challenged with retrofitting aging suburban communities. She was selected on the National League of Cities’ Policy Steering Committee for Community and Economic Development. The Community & Economic Development Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness.

Jacobia Dowell grew up in Chattanooga and has resided in Nashville community for the last twenty years. She attended Chattanooga public schools and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Finance. She completed a Masters of Business Administration at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Serving the community is a way of life for Jacobia. She has lent her time to volunteering and serving on the several nonprofit boards including Our Kids Center and Nashville City Cemetery. She is a member of The Links, Inc. – Music City Chapter and National Black Caucus of Locally Elected Leaders where she was elected Treasurer.

Jacobia spent her early career working in the financial industry. She served as retail branch Management Associate and Small Business Lending Coordinator in the retail banking industry. She held Series 6, 63 and real estate associate broker licenses. She later worked in the investment banking industry where she handled reporting for large municipalities and corporation’s retirement plans. Currently, Jacobia is employed in the healthcare industry in financial reporting.

In her spare time, she loves to ski, read, attend musical events and volunteer with the Master Gardeners of Davidson County.

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