NASCA Announces Christi Branscom to Become First Female President of the Executive Committee

Friday, October 22, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) announced the appointment of Christi W. Branscom as President of the Executive Committee to fill the remainder of the term vacated by Brom Stibitz of Michigan. Branscom, who previously served as Vice President of the Executive Committee, is the Commissioner of Tennessee’s Department of General Services. As Commissioner, Branscom oversees all divisions within the Department of General Services.

Branscom, the first female to serve as President of NASCA’s Executive Committee, is a dynamic leader who will contribute greatly to the national association and its continued success. Branscom will be tasked with advancing the association’s mission to improve state government operations and engage in shared thought leadership. “It is an honor and a pleasure to step into the role of President of NASCA’s Executive Committee,” said Branscom. “NASCA serves as a valuable venue for state chief administrators and their teams seeking to strategically transform state government operations, and I’m excited to have a hand in achieving this mission.”

A native of Knoxville, Branscom began her career in public service as the Senior Director of Public Works for the city of Knoxville and was later promoted to serve as Deputy to the Mayor and Chief Operating Officer. Branscom was the first female in Knoxville history to hold those positions. Before joining the public sector in 2012, Branscom was COO, General Counsel, and Principal Managing Real Estate Broker at Partners Development, where she enjoyed a successful career for over 20 years.

Branscom is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in finance. She then attended the University of Memphis to receive her Juris Doctorate. Branscom was the 2014 recipient of the University of Tennessee Accomplished Alumni Award. She’s also a 2009 graduate of Leadership Knoxville, a 2017 graduate of Leadership Tennessee, and a fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation.

Commissioner Branscom maintains a philanthropic commitment in her community and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit agencies and organizations supporting the arts. Most notably, Branscom raised over $25,000 for the Cancer Support Community (CSC) by running marathons, an organization Branscom has been involved in and supported for many years. In 2016, she was an honoree at the American Cancer Society Hope Gala.

Currently, Commissioner Branscom serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business, the Leadership Tennessee Board of Directors, and the Thistle Farms’ Board of Directors.

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