Jason Powell, a native Nashvillian, has deep roots in the 53rd District. Jason was baptized and attended Sunday school at Saint Matthias Church (now Church of the Holy Spirit) on Nolensville Road. As a boy, he spent countless hours playing games with his cousins and other neighborhood children at the family's south Nashville home. He even called bingo at the Windlands South senior residence where his grandmother lived during his youth. Jason taught in public schools throughout the district including Glencliff and Overton high schools.
Powell's character was formed early in life. At the age of five, Jason's father died. As a child, he learned how to live by the values of hard work and commitment to his faith from his mother, Mary, a single mom and registered nurse who worked long hours to provide for Jason and his older sister Shannon.
Jason was fortunate to become a Little Brother in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program at the age of seven. Bill Davis, his Big Brother, instilled a strong sense of self-confidence in Jason, who had many academic, athletic, and extracurricular pursuits during his youth.
Jason attended Nashville's public schools through 8th grade and graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy. At the University of Colorado, Jason was elected as a representative to the nation's largest college student government and walked on to the Colorado Buffaloes football team where he played and lettered as an offensive lineman. He went on to earn a Master in Public Administration from the Institute of Government at Tennessee State University while working as a substitute teacher in Nashville's public schools.
Jason went to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters to help launch a faith-based program that recruits mentors for children who have one or more parents incarcerated or who are simply in need of a positive role model.
Jason is the director of a statewide student health prevention coalition, the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Communities (CHASCo) in addition to his work as a real estate broker. His work with CHASCo, a statewide higher education coalition of 34 public and private colleges and universities representing tens of thousands of students, takes him across Tennessee working with numerous community anti-drug coalitions, local law enforcement, colleges and universities.
Among his many achievements, Jason organized his neighbors to take back their local park from gangs and drug dealers and return it to a safe place for children to play. Additionally, Jason worked with the police to condemn a crime ridden house in his neighborhood that had received hundreds of violations and helped coordinate a community garden.
Powell, a resident of the Caldwell Abbay-Hall Neighborhood, is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's Education Report Card Committee, serves as a Board Member of Prevention Alliance of Tennessee and Nashville Emerging Leaders and formerly served as a Representative on the Davidson County Democratic Executive Committee and as President of his neighborhood association for the last five years.
Jason is married to Heather Powell, the Development Director at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, and is a proud father of their daughter, Sophie Marcella.
As State Representative, Jason will lead with a vision of opportunity for our communities, Nashville, and Tennessee. Jason's leadership will enable our children to learn and grow, empower our hard working citizens and families to prosper and thrive, and allow our seniors to live with security and well-being.
This is why Nashvillians from all walks of life are joining the effort to elect Jason Powell as our State Representative: they sense something special, something exciting, and something inspiring in the humble beginnings, the proven character, and the bold leadership of this native son of Nashville.
Board Member, Nashville Emerging Leaders
Board Member, Prevention Alliance of Tennessee
Education Report Card Committee Member, Nashville Chamber of Commerce
Member, Caldwell-Abbay Hall Neighborhood Association
Member, Crieve Hall Neighborhood Association
Member, Glencliff Neighborhood Association
Member, Woodbine Neighborhood Association
Member, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, South Area Advisory Council
Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Tennessee
University of Colorado, Bachelor of Arts
Tennessee State University, Master of Public Administration
Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society