Southwest Tennessee Community College project manager Joann Massey has been appointed to lead the new city office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development, Mayor Jim Strickland announced on Monday morning.
The new city office was the result on consolidating the former city Office of Contract Compliance and the Memphis Office of Resources and Enterprise. The goal of the new office is to boost the city's minority and women-owned enterprise (MWBE) development. In 2015, only 12 percent of the city's contract business went to minority or women-owned businesses.
“We mean business about minority and women-owned business development,” Strickland said. “Joann Massey is uniquely qualified for the challenge of growing MWBE performance within city government."
Massey currently works in grants management for Southwest, and she also owns a corporate consulting business called Lewis Massey Associates. Before that, she worked as a project manager in the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Economic Development, as an associate vice-president at Morgan Keegan, and as a legal supervisor with the Shelby County Trustee's Office.