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Martavius D. Jones was elected to the Memphis City Council on October 8, 2015. He grew up in Memphis and graduated from Central High School. After obtaining his high school diploma, Martavius attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society, and where he became a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.
He began his career in financial services with Aetna Life & Casualty in Hartford, Connecticut, where he worked in the Employee Benefits Division that was responsible for the overall operations of group health, group life, and pension benefits. In 1993, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, with Aetna, and worked for Aetna Health Plans, recruiting physicians and other health care providers for participation in managed healthcare networks such as PPOs (Preferred Provider Organizations) and HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations).
In 1994, he began his career as a financial advisor with A.G. Edwards & Sons in Nashville. In 1998, he joined the investment department of what was First American Bank and returned to Memphis in 1999 with First American, which became AmSouth Investment Services, where he remained until 2001.
In 2001, he launched Jones Wealth Management Group, a financial services firm that helps individuals, families, and small business owners achieve financial independence through retirement, investment, and financial planning. Martavius earned the designation of a Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant(SM), which is a designation for financial planning professionals who have been specially trained on the complexities associated with retirement and other benefits offered to the employees of the federal government. Additionally, he has served as an NFL Players Association Registered Financial Advisor.
Martavius began public service in 2003 when he was appointed to the Memphis Alcohol Commission by then-mayor, Dr. Willie W. Herenton, and served until 2014.
In 2006, Martavius was sworn in to fulfill the remaining term of the District 4 seat on the Memphis City Schools Board of Commissioners. In November of 2006, he ran unopposed to serve a full four-year term. He was selected as Chairman of the Budget committee and in 2008 selected as the Chairman of the Superintendent Search committee. In 2009, he was elected as President of the Memphis City School Board. He remained on the school board until August 2013.
Councilman Jones currently serves as Chairman of the Memphis City Council and Chair of the Executive Session. His previous community service has included board service of the Methodist Hospital Extended Care Hospital Board, Playhouse on the Square, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Airport Authority, Shelby County Schools, and the Memphis Police Foundation. He currently serves as the City Council liaison for the Pension Investment Committee and Memphis in May.
Outside of his professional duties and accomplishments, Councilman Jones is a father to one son, Jarred.
Councilwoman Rhonda Logan was elected to the Memphis City Council on November 14, 2019. Councilwoman Logan serves as the Director of Operations for Breath of Life Christian Center, where she has also held the position of Community Engagement Officer. Before leading the Breath of Life staff, Logan was the Executive Director of Raleigh Community Development Corporation. During her tenure, she spearheaded innovative solutions by building strong, equitable and sustainable communities through education, engagement, and collaboration.
Councilwoman Logan also serves as the Chairwoman of Raleigh Police Joint Agency, a collaborative partnership between public agencies and concerned residents planning crime prevention and improving community conditions. As the current Board President of Friends of Kennedy Park, she leads an organization of dedicated community leaders in advocating for the restoration and sustainability of a 260-acre greenspace in Memphis. Logan’s passion for her community also led to the creation of a local Farmers Market.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis, Logan later received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Freed-Hardeman University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Memphis 2021, BLDG Memphis’ New City Builders, and an Emerge TN Alum. Councilwoman Logan has the distinguished honor of being recognized in the 2021 Memphis Business Journals Power 100.
With over 25 years of experience in organizational development, strategic planning, project management, employee relations, leadership and community service, Councilwoman Logan has a strong commitment to helping constituents and communities reach their full potential. She is a solution-oriented individual, devoted to advocacy and helping others. She is dedicated to restoring broken or damaged lives, dreams, and paths. Her faith, education, and life lessons fuel her uncanny talent for bringing order and direction to every challenge.
Councilwoman Logan serves as the Chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and Vice Chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee. She serves as the Council Liaison for the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) and the Memphis Housing Authority Board.
In her private time, Councilwoman Logan enjoys cooking, but her most important and beloved role is being a devoted wife to Calvin Logan and “mom” to five awesome children and two grandchildren.
Councilman Frank Harmon Colvett, Jr. was elected to the City Council in November 2015 and was re-elected in 2019. He was the 2021 Chairman of the Memphis City Council after serving as Vice-Chair in 2018 and 2020. He is a 1988 graduate of Memphis University School and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and minor in history in 1992 from Millsaps College, where he graduated with Honors distinction. While at university, Councilman Colvett served as Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chapter President in 1991. Having served on local development boards for several years, Councilman Colvett is an affiliate agent with Re/Max Experts.
An ardent supporter of community development and involvement, Councilman Colvett leads by example as former chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors and past President of the Phoenix Club benefitting the Boys and Girls Club. He is a dedicated public servant, having served as alternate on the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board, Chairman of the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment and member of the State of Tennessee Pest Control Licensing Board.
Councilman Colvett and his wife, Lesley Harris, have a son, Frank III, and a daughter, Ella Louise. The family attends Calvary Episcopal Church.
Councilman Colvett is the Chair of the Council’s Housing and Community Development (HCD) Committee and Vice-Chair of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee. He is Council Liaison to the Memphis Museum System and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission.
Patrice J. Robinson
PATRICE J. ROBINSON
Councilwoman Patrice Jordan Robinson was elected to the Memphis City Council in November 2015. She served as the Council Chairperson in 2020. Prior to being elected as the Memphis City Council District 3 representative, Robinson served as a member of the Memphis City/Shelby County Schools Board of Education for 13 years where she held the title of board President in 2004 and 2007. As a Board member, she distinguished herself by chairing the Policy, Personnel, Audit, and Capital Improvements Committees, as well as an active participant on the Prevailing Wages Commission. While serving on the Tennessee School Boards Association’s Board of Directors, Robinson also served as the MCS Board representative on the 2010-2011 Tennessee Legislative Network as the President, which is composed of school board members statewide who set the legislative agenda for the Tennessee School Boards Association. Robinson earned the designation as a Master School Boardsman in Tennessee.
She has 30-plus years of professional experience in Human Resources, Training and Development, Counseling, Job Development and Grant Writing. Robinson is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. She retired as a Supervisor, Assessment & Development, at Memphis Light Gas and Water Division.
Robinson earned a Master of Science degree in Technological and Adult Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Personnel Administration and Industrial Relations from Memphis State University.
In May of 2006, she was a graduate of Leadership Memphis and in 2010, a graduate of the Memphis Leadership Academy. Robinson has served as secretary-treasurer of the West Tennessee Technical and Adult Education Society. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, she was a member of the American Society for Training and Development and served on the Boards of Directors of Jobs for Stars, Memphis in May, Hands Across Memphis, Inc. and served as the Education Chair of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. Currently, she serves on the boards of First 8 Memphis, Leadership Memphis and Paula Ratchford Ministries. Robinson is the former President of the Valleywood Homeowners Association, former correspondence secretary for the Memphis (TN) Chapter, The Links, Inc., Director of the Women’s Ministry at Faith Temple Ministries C.O.G.I.C., member of the NAACP Memphis Chapter, member of the National Council of Negro Women, and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Councilwoman Robinson received the following honors in 2022: Spirit Magazine’s 50 Over 50 Award, FINDING MY YES Honoree, and Melhorn Trailblazer Award for Exceptional Community Service.
During her time on the Council, Chairwoman Robinson co-sponsored the Pre-K Resolution in Memphis, worked to re-establish the Greater Whitehaven Economic Redevelopment Corporation, initiated the MLGW Share the Pennies Initiative, and created the Weatherization Task Force. She currently serves as MLGW Committee Chair and council liaison for MLGW and the Aging Commission.
Mrs. Jana Swearengen-Washington, has served in many capacities in education, such as Principal, Assistant Principal, District Curriculum Specialist, and a teacher, Jana offers expertise in organizational planning, teacher coaching, data analysis, grant writing, budget overseeing, school/district partnerships, and community development. Her 30 year educational experience has afforded her opportunities to lead teams for the Forrest City School, Millington School, and Memphis Shelby County School Districts.
As a neighborhood and educational advocate, it has been her personal goal and commitment to invest and ensure that students and families are represented, supported, and have effective leadership. Within the Greater Memphis Community, she serves in many organizations such as: Board Member of W.I.L.L.O.W. (Women in Leadership Leaning on Wisdom) and Vice-President of the Northeast Ministers Spouses Association with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Jana is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Glenview Neighborhood Association, Magnalia Castalia Neighborhood Association, Mt. Pisgah C.M.E. B. R. Danner (which promotes the cultural arts within urban communities), and Democratic Women of Shelby County. She believes in being an active voice, where she serves her school community, church, people, and advocates for all within the Greater Memphis Community.
Jana is happily married to Dr. Reverend Robert H. Washington, Sr. They have five children within their blended family: VeAndrea Washington, Janeese Martina Swearengen Murphy (John) and James Swearengen Richey (Ebony) Robert Washington Jr., and Ana Washington. They have six grandchildren: Caleb, Durriya, Laila, John Charles III, James Greyson and Arie Jae. They have two beautiful fur babies: Boston and Bella.
Councilman Worth Morgan is proud to represent the citizens of District 5, which includes such notable City landmarks as the Pink Palace Museum, Midtown, and the world-renowned Memphis Zoo. A lifelong Memphian, Morgan is an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and an MUS alumnus.
Morgan cultivated his passion for politics by serving as a White House Intern in 2008 and later, as the Memphis office manager for then- gubernatorial candidate, Bill Haslam, during the 2010 campaign. His grassroots experience carries with him as he serves the City of Memphis with a local-neighborhood vibe and approach.
Morgan currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee, Vice Chair of MLGW Committee, and sits on the City of Memphis Pension Board and Chickasaw Basin Authority.
Morgan is happily married to Bonner. Morgan is also the youngest of three, with elder sisters, Musette and Kendall. He credits his parents, Allen and Musette, with instilling in their children the value of service, and dedication to community.
Edmund Ford, Sr.
Edmund Ford, Sr.
Following a decade of service and commitment to the citizens of District 6 and the entire City of Memphis from October 1999 until 2007, Councilman Edmund H. Ford, Sr. was re-elected to the City Council in October 2019. Ford is grateful that his constituents saw fit to return him to office to continue his service to the people of this community. Born the 15th child of N.J. and Vera Ford, Mr. Ford was raised in the West Junction section of Memphis and graduated from Mitchell Road High School. Mr. Ford received his B.S. degree in Government and Public Affairs from The Tennessee State University and a Mortuary Science degree from John Gupton College in Nashville, Tennessee. Councilman Ford has been a licensed embalmer and funeral director since 1979 and founded the thriving E.H. Ford Mortuary in 1995. Mr. Ford previously worked as a freelance contractor and embalmer all over the Tri-State area.
Councilman Ford is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a proud alumnus of Tennessee State University.
Councilman Ford is the Council liaison of the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) and Minority Business Development Oversight Commission (MBDOC). He serves as Chairman of the Economic Development, Tourism & Technology and Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee.
Mr. Ford is married to Myrna O. Ford and has four children: Former City Councilman and current County Commissioner Edmund Ford, Jr., Christopher, James, and William.
Councilman Ford and his family are active members of Ford Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.
Michalyn Easter-Thomas was elected to the Memphis City Council District 7 seat in November 2019.
Michalyn C.S. Easter-Thomas is a native North Memphian. She is the daughter of Cassondra Love-White and the late William Michael Easter (2014). After matriculating through the Memphis City School system, Michalyn took her educational quest to a new level at Christian Brothers University, graduating Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with minors in Political Science and Peace Studies in May of 2013. Yet, this proved to be a mere stepping stone for Michalyn, as she took her educational pursuit to the next level as she received her Master of Arts in Teaching from the Columbia University of New York. Michalyn took a step further and received her Education Specialist degree in Principalship from Arkansas State University. Councilwoman Easter-Thomas is currently a Doctoral student at Vanderbilt University.
Aside from public education, Councilwoman Easter-Thomas discovered another calling on her life: to partner with residents in the transformation of the North Memphis community. With this in mind, she founded Our Grass Our Roots Nonprofit Organization(OGOR), a grassroots movement centered around the North Memphis community, informing the community of resources, resisting gentrification and advancing the community and individuals of the community.
Her commitment to community is evident through her service with other organizations. She serves on boards and leadership teams for various organizations and non-profits in the Memphis area.
In her private time, Michalyn enjoys visiting Memphis museums and parks with her younger sibling. Michalyn has been joined in happy and holy matrimony to Darren L. Thomas II since September 2017.
Michalyn serves as the Chair for Personnel and Government Affairs committee. She also serves as the Vice Chair of Housing and Community Development committee.
SUPER DISTRICT 8-1
JB Smiley, JR.
JB Smiley, JR.
A native Memphian, with five siblings, born to a social worker and a Bronze Star army soldier, JB Smiley, Jr., knows the value of hard work and a healthy, supportive community.
After JB’s collegiate and semi-professional basketball career, he pursued a legal education, and later, a political career. But his life in serving the most vulnerable started from a young age.
JB’s first experience with teamwork and leadership was as a Cub Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Never afraid of getting his hands dirty, JB has done everything from working as a landfill cleaner to washing dishes.
As his father taught him to “never forget the bridge that brought you over,” JB decided to stay in the region to attend college and then law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.
While in law school, JB served as a member of the Law Review, Moot Court Board, and as Vice President of the Black Law Students Association. JB successfully passed Arkansas and the Tennessee Bar exams, while writing his first book, Born With It: Unleashing Your Greatness.
In 2017, in Memphis, JB started his law practice, Smiley & Associates, PLLC. The following year, JB was named to Memphis Flyer’s Top 20, Under 30 class. During that same year, JB was appointed policy advisor to the Shelby County Clerk and served in such capacity until his election to the Memphis City Council in October 2019.
As a council member, JB is currently Vice Chair of the City Council and serves as Chair of the Public Works, Solid Waste & General Services Committee, Vice Chair of the Planning & Zoning Committee, and the council liaison for the Urban Art Commission and the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.
In his spare time, JB likes to play basketball, work out, binge watch Netflix shows, and keep his dog, Mighty Mouse, and his nephew, Bryson Maxwell Smiley, smiling!
SUPER DISTRICT 8-2
Councilwoman Cheyenne Johnson was appointed to the Council on January 8, 2019. She serves as Chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee, Vice Chair of the Budget Committee, liaison to the Downtown Memphis Commission, and as a board member for the Blight Authority of Memphis. Cheyenne Johnson is the former Shelby County Property Assessor. She served three terms in this position; a total of ten years. In 2018, She retired from Shelby County Government as a professional public servant with emphasis on administration after approximately 34 years of service. She is also a former educator for Memphis City Schools System.
She was the first black female elected Property Assessor in the State of Tennessee in 2008 and later, in 2015, she was named Tennessee Assessor of the Year because of her strong analytical, problem-solving and leadership skills and abilities.
As a resident of Super District 8 for her entire adult life, Councilwoman Johnson remembers the glamour that once existed throughout the District. She looks forward to collaborating with the Council to restoring District 8 to its greatest potential by decreasing blight and crime. She wants to ensure quality education and schools for our children, as well as fairness in taxation.
Councilwoman Johnson demonstrated trustworthiness and dependability throughout her three terms in office as Assessor of Property and fulfilled her duties with integrity and transparency. She is a bridgebuilder with members of the community, both private and public sectors, working to achieve common goals in areas of mutual concern.
A graduate of the University of Memphis, Councilwoman Johnson received her Public Administrator certification from the University of Tennessee. She is a dedicated and loyal member of Mt. Pisgah Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where she serves on the Board of Trustees.
Since being introduced to the political arena in 1978 by her political activist husband, Alvin Carmichael Johnson, Councilwoman Johnson has been very active in politics and is a past member of Shelby County Democratic Executive Committee. Councilwoman Johnson has two sons, Michael Grisham and Gerald LaFayette.
SUPER DISTRICT 9-1
Councilman Chase Carlisle was elected to the Memphis City Council to serve Super District 9, Position 1. Chase is a senior advisor of the leadership group at Carlisle where he is tasked with growing its local presence and focuses on consulting, asset management, and development.
Previously, Chase served as Director of Real Estate and Development for Carlisle and served as the Executive Vice President of Avison Young.
Councilman Carlisle serves as the Chair of the Budget Committee and Vice Chair of the Economic Development, Tourism, & Technology Committee. Chase has served on the boards of the Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and Memphis River Parks Partnership.
He and his wife Elizabeth, along with his three children, Miles, Tully, and Hall, are avid supporters of all things Memphis.
SUPER DISTRICT 9-2
J. Ford Canale
J. Ford Canale
Councilman J. Ford Canale was sworn in to serve the citizens of Memphis on May 22, 2018. As the representative of Super District 9, Position 2, Councilman Canale has the privilege of serving more than 300,000 Memphians. A graduate of Christian Brothers High School, the Councilman brings his experience from a small family business and his steadfast commitment to his hometown to this position. His experience in service and leadership are an asset to this Council and to our city. Councilman Canale earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama. He is a funeral director at Canale Funeral Directors. He is also a Licensed Insurance Producer and a member of the Boards of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and Convergence Memphis, Inc.
Currently, Councilman Canale serves as the Chair of the Transportation Committee and the Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee. He also serves as the City Council Liaison for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA).
Councilman J. Ford Canale and his wife, Sophie have two children, Joseph Ford Canale, Jr. and Rollins Canale. The Canale family attends St. Michael Catholic Church.
SUPER DISTRICT 9-3
Dr. Jeff Warren
Dr. Jeff Warren
Dr. Jeff Warren was elected to the Memphis City Council in November 2019. He currently serves as Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee, Vice-Chair of Public Services, Art, Youth Initiatives, Libraries & Neighborhoods, and Council Liaison for the Healthcare Oversight Commission and Zoo. Since its inception, Dr. Warren has been a part of Mayor Jim Strickland’s COVID-19 Task Force.
Jeff is a native of North Carolina, graduate of Yale University and Duke Medical School, who moved to Memphis in 1989. He is a Family Medicine Physician at Memphis Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Medical Director for Trezevant Terrace Assisted Living Facility, Allen Morgan Health and Rehabilitation Center, and Harbor View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He previously served as a member of the University of Memphis Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board and is affiliated with University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Before his election to the Memphis City Council, Jeff served two terms on the Memphis City School Board and the Community Pre-K Advisory Council. He was instrumental in initiating a policy-based form of government through his training as a Broad Institute Fellow. He achieved the Master School Board Award from the State of Tennessee for his additional training and work on effective school board activities.
As a community member, Jeff served two terms on the Memphis Medical Society Board, where he also served as Vice-President of the board. He is an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. He previously coached church league soccer for 17 years. Jeff is also a Soup Kitchen Volunteer Coordinator for First Presbyterian Church’s Mission Outreach Program.
Jeff and his wife, KC, have lived in Super District 9 for over 30 years and have raised three sons, all proud Snowden and Central graduates.