(WRCB) -- Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has appointed Donna C. Williams to lead the Economic and Community Development department for the City of Chattanooga.

Williams, most recently the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga, has also been a realtor and marketing strategist for ReMax/Keller Williams.

According to the news release from Berke's office, Williams spent 13 years working with community-based organizations at Neighborhood Stabilization and Revitalization and  as well as Vice President of Business Development at Elemental Interactive and an account executive at Apple.

"Donna is the right person to lead this effort. She has extensive experience in our community, both in real estate and neighborhood revitalization. She has the passion and leadership to help implement my vision for economic and community development, one in which we strengthen our neighborhoods and make sure every part of Chattanooga has the opportunity to grow," Berke said Wednesday.

"As a city, we will connect community with economic development to provide new opportunities," said Berke. "By working closely with our key partners, we can grow our city by both attracting large companies and helping to grow startups and small businesses throughout Chattanooga."

Williams, a native of Chattanooga, is a graduate of Brainerd High School, and earned her Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

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