Chief Executive Officer
Jackie Clay has nearly 20 years of experience leading nonprofit, healthcare, and government entities. ETHNN has over 100 members representing public, private, and faith-based organizations. In addition to her work with ETHNN, Jackie serves as the program coordinator for the Smith County Behavioral Health Team (BHLT) to improve the quality of life for individuals and families who are affected by mental illness in Smith County. Prior to joining ETHNN and BHLT, Jackie served as the executive director of Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga and the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge in Tennessee. Her other experience includes work as a community organizer, an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as well as working as a program manager and project manager for the City of Knoxville, Office of the Mayor. Jackie holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has served nonprofit organizations in various capacities as a volunteer, consultant, and officer on several boards of directors. Most recently, she served as the board president for Girl Talk Inc. and the Mend House Sober Living Community for Men. Jackie was named to the Greater Knoxville Business Journal 40 Under 40, recognized as a Health Care Hero by the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, and received the Change Agent Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She is also a graduate of Community Action Committees Community Leadership Program, the FBI Citizen Academy, Leadership Oak Ridge, Leadership Roane County, and East TN Regional Leadership.