At MP&F, Colby Sledge has worked primarily on Nashville-based initiatives like NashvilleNext, the national award-winning master planning process for the city’s growth and development over the next 25 years. He has been involved in policy issues ranging from after-school programming to comprehensive immigration reform.
Colby grew up in Nolensville, Tenn., and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in electronic journalism and Spanish. He began his journalism career at The Tennessean, where he covered crime, politics and higher education. While there, Colby was named an associate fellow at the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at the Teachers College of Columbia University.
Colby then spent five months as a missionary in São Paulo, Brazil, before becoming press secretary for the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus. He directed successful public awareness efforts to maintain student-teacher ratios, preserve higher education access and increase benefits for military families. He came to MP&F in 2012, and was named MP&F’s most valuable staff member in 2014. In addition to his work at MP&F, Colby serves as Nashville’s Metro Council member for District 17, which encompasses several neighborhoods south of downtown. He has passed legislation to create and encourage affordable housing, while securing $3 million in new parks funding near Browns Creek and serving on the Metro Parks’ Greenways Commission.
In 2016, Colby was voted one of the Best Current Metro Council Members in the Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Readers’ Poll, and was named to the Nashville Business Journal Power 100. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from MTSU, he holds a master’s degree in civic leadership from Lipscomb University. Colby lives in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood with his wife, Lindsey Harris, and their dog, Bandit.