#365daysofdarkness: Lonnell Matthews Jr.

Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods & Community Engagement

Matthews is a native of Nashville, Tennessee who grew up in the Bordeaux community. He graduated from Martin Luther King High School and is a proud alumnus of Tennessee State University where he studied Accounting and Business Law. Lonnell’s career in youth development began over 15 years ago at the Northwest YMCA in North Nashville where he led empowerment programs such as the Y-CAP, Positive Beginnings, Black Achievers, Latino Achievers, Reach & Rise Mentoring, Step Up, NAZA Z and Fun Company.

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