The Central Office is organized around seven chief officers. These chiefs lead all the functional areas of the district with a focus on ensuring both student safety and learning. The chief officers form the Superintendent's executive cabinet and an additional eight senior members of administration (along with the cabinet) comprise the Senior Leadership Team.

T. Nakia Towns Edwards, Ed.D.Dr. T. Nakia Towns
Deputy Superintendent

Office: (423) 498-6715

Room #: 129

Dr. T. Nakia Towns is the deputy superintendent at the Hamilton County Department of Education in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In her current role, Dr. Towns provides leadership and support to the Superintendent’s executive cabinet to ensure that the district’s strategic goals and objectives are met. She oversees communications, external relations, accountability, strategic planning, and federal programs. She coordinates across all departments in the district towards continuously improving academic achievement and postsecondary opportunities for students.

Executive Assistant: Shirley McCallie

Dr. Justin RobertsonDr. Justin Robertson
Chief Operations Officer

Office: (423) 498-7023

Room #: 106

Departments: School-Age Child Care, School Nutrition, Athletics, Student Appeals, Transportation, Auxiliary Services, Graduations, Information Technology, Student Records, Fund for Excellence, Warehouse, Mailroom, and Print Shop.

Assistant: Tamara McKamey

Dr. Neelie ParkerDr. Neelie Parker
Chief Schools Officer

Office: (423) 498-7111

Room #: 312



As the Chief Schools Officer, Dr. Neelie Parker works alongside School Leadership and Teaching & Learning to support teachers & leaders at the building level as we collectively focus on improving student learning. Also, she works with College and Career Readiness to ensure that students have opportunities within their time in High School that will encourage them to aspire towards success after leaving Hamilton County Schools.

Assistant: Merideth Adams

Jill LevineJill Levine
Chief of Innovation & School Choice

Office: (423) 498-7149

Room #: 302

As the Chief of Innovation and Choice, Jill Levine leads five departments: Innovation, School Choice, Development, Community Outreach and the Arts. These teams are focused on accelerating innovation, expanding school choice options and enhancing community engagement.

Assistant: Lizetta Eitner

Penny MurrayPenny Murray

Chief of Talent

Office: (423) 498-7048

Room #: 129

As the Chief of Talent, Penny Murray leads the Human Resources and Benefits team that is committed to supporting student achievement by recruiting, retaining and developing high quality leaders, teachers, and support staff for our Hamilton County Schools. The team works alongside school leaders to build and support a talented workforce for our students and our community.

Assistant: Brenda Chadwick

Dr. Marsha DrakeDr. Marsha Drake
Chief Equity Officer

Office: (423) 498-7104

Room #: 173

Dr. Marsha J. Drake is the Chief Equity Officer of Hamilton County Schools. She joined the field of education in Hamilton County Schools in 1999. She is responsible in serving as the head of the Departments of Attendance, Social Workers, Homebound, Homeless (Family in Transition), English Language Learners, Guidance, SEL, Exceptional Education and School Health. The focus of these departments is to ensure equity for all students in Hamilton County Schools.

Assistant: Alyssa Teal


Chief Business Officer

Office: (423) 498-7168

Room #: 129

The Chief Business Officer for Hamilton County Schools is responsible for all aspects of accounting, finance, budgeting, procurement, and risk management. Since joining Hamilton County Schools, Mr. Goldberg has implemented priority-based budgeting, reorganized finance and procurement operations, and works to develop continuous improvement strategies in order to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of district operations.

Assistant: Dawn Zollner