jason-holleman-kidsJason Holleman has seen a lot of changes in his hometown over the last 4 decades. A seventh generation Middle Tennessean, Jason grew up in South Nashville, in the same home where his parents, Dan and Charlotte, still live today. Jason attended zoned Metro Public Schools from Kindergarten through graduation. The ties he built with his neighborhood and community in those thirteen years are still some of the most important friendships he has today, a gift he hopes to protect for his children. Like their dad, Cecilia and Walter both attend their neighborhood school, Sylvan Park Elementary, where Cecilia learned with the same school principal during her Kindergarten year as Jason had 34 years earlier.

Education:

After graduating from John Overton High in 1991, Jason headed to Samford University where he made the most of opportunities to learn about leadership, serving for 3 years as Class President and as President of the Interfraternity Council. Jason spent half of his senior year studying in London, England, where he interned with a national political party before heading down to New Orleans to pursue his law degree at Tulane University. At Tulane, Jason was awarded with the Certificate for Environmental Law and contributed to the Environmental Law Society, the Environmental Law Journal, and the Environmental Law Clinic, including studying environmental policy in Costa Rica. He also provided pro bono representation to inmates at Angola Prison through the Project for Older Prisoners program.

Professional Work:

After law school, Jason returned to Nashville where he has practiced law for the last 17 years. Early in his practice, he became engaged in state and local government, representing the Tennessee State Parks System as an Assistant Attorney General and later defending the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Insurance in complex federal litigation. Since leaving state government, he has represented municipalities, small businesses and individuals across Middle Tennessee on a broad range of issues, including city planning and zoning and public financing.

Elected Service:

In 2007, Jason was elected to the Metro Council as District Councilmember for District 24, representing Sylvan Park, Richland/West End, Cherokee Park and other West Nashville communities. His commitment to innovation balanced with preservation is no more evident than in the legislation he’s sponsored and supported. On the Council, Jason has emerged as a staunch advocate for our neighborhoods, our public schools, and for the thoughtful management of our city’s finances. In 2011, Jason authored the legislation that preserved the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. He has sponsored and passed multiple pieces of legislation to protect our natural resources and historic neighborhoods, to promote well-planned growth in our city, and to make our government both more efficient and user friendly. Since his election, Jason has sponsored or co-sponsored every major piece of environmental legislation the Council has considered. He has at the forefront of legislation expanding civil rights to all Nashvillians, including co-sponsoring ordinances to expand workplace protections and secure economic equity in high poverty communities. In 2009, Jason was honored by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce with the Nashville Emerging Leader Award in the area of Government and Public Affairs. He earned the Reader’s Choice “Best Metro Council Member” award in the Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville series in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Civic Involvement:

Throughout his career, Jason has dedicated countless hours to civic, professional, church, neighborhood and community organizations. Jason is an influential leader in historic preservation, environmental and civic service efforts. He has served with both the Nashville City Cemetery Association and Historic Nashville. He is past chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Nashville Bar Association and was a long-term member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. He served on the Executive Board of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Board of Directors of Nashville’s Table and as chairman of the Board of Directors of Open Table. Jason is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club, the Scottish Rite, John B. Garrett Masonic Lodge No. 711, and West Nashville Masonic Lodge No. 612.

Jason has been a champion for quality of life issues within his neighborhood and beyond, including founding and chairing the Richland Creek Run, one of two primary fundraisers for Greenways of Nashville, raising tens of thousands of dollars for GFN and bringing thousands of runners and walkers to our greenways. He has been an engaged volunteer in our public schools, volunteer teaching, coaching high school mock trial teams, and lending elbow grease in his own kids’ classrooms.

Personal Life: Jason lives in West Nashville and attends Belmont United Methodist Church with his family. When work, kids, and Council permit, Jason is an avid runner and hiker, enjoying both Nashville’s greenway system with his family and exploring the hills and riverbank of the same farm his grandparents enjoyed in Smith County, Tennessee.