Communications Director, Office of the Governor
Alexia Poe currently serves as Director of Economic and Community Development for Mayor Karl Dean in Nashville, Tennessee. She joined the mayor’s office after serving as managing director of the Tennessee office for Peritus, a public affairs firm based in Louisville, Kentucky.
Before joining Peritus, Poe was director of public affairs for Gaylord Entertainment, owner and operator of large hotel and convention center properties in four states and the historic Grand Ole Opry. There she oversaw the company’s government relations, community relations, and charitable foundation.
Prior to joining Gaylord, she served nearly a decade in public service. She worked in the nation’s capitol as communications director for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) where she built his Senate press office from the ground up.
Poe also worked in the White House as deputy press secretary to First Lady Laura Bush. She began her career in public service in Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist’s press office where she became the second female and youngest person in the state’s history to serve as press secretary.
Poe, 36, spent several years as a television reporter and morning anchor out of college. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in communication and a minor in political science.