New Memphis Announces Promotions and New Hires

New Memphis is excited to report several recent promotions, as well as a new hire.

President and CEO Nancy Coffee says, “New Memphis is thrilled to elevate four of our team members, each who has demonstrated incredible strength in leadership as well as a deep enthusiasm for our work ­– and our city. We are so fortunate to have a team that shares a commitment to building talent for Memphis and bring their own unique talents to our work every day.”

L-R: Frankie Dakin, Calinda Dickerson, Laney Williams, Chutney Young

Frankie Dakin is now Director of Strategic Initiatives. Frankie’s vision and innovative spirit have been instrumental as New Memphis works to pilot our new Launch: Campus to Career program. Building on the Summer Experience model, Launch connects college students with the networks and professional opportunities that will inspire them to launch meaningful careers in Memphis. Frankie will lead this initiative, encouraging area students to find and prepare for internships with local employers. A graduate of Rhodes College, Frankie is a native of Millington, where he currently serves as an elected alderman.

Calinda Dickerson is now Program Manager. Calinda has been elevated to lead New Memphis’ Embark program designed to support and engage high-performing twentysomethings, a program she has supported since 2016. In this role, she delivers program curriculum, drives enrollment of new participants, and ensures the program meets and exceeds expectations. Calinda is a graduate of the University of Memphis and a Memphis native.

Laney Williams is now Development Manager for New Memphis. Laney supports fund development for the organization, alongside the Director of Development. She is a native of Birmingham, AL, and a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

Chutney Young is now Community Engagement Manager. Serving as New Memphis’ Welcome Ambassador for newly relocated professionals previously, she will now be guiding our series of public events that bring people together to learn about the city, find fresh ways to engage in the community, and discover what makes Memphis great. She also continues to organize New Memphis’ First Friend program, aimed at retaining new-to-Memphis teachers. She is an Arkansas native and a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas.

Mia Saine

Finally, Mia Saine has joined the organization as Creative Specialist. She leads New Memphis’ graphic design and branding, working with the team to create dynamic visuals to amplify the organization’s message. An Arlington, Tenn. native, Mia graduated in May 2017 from the Memphis College of Art, where she was Student Government President during her senior year.