“Local government at its core is about solving problems. As your representative on City Council, I am committed to working with my colleagues on doing just that. I welcome the views of all Knoxvillians that want to work together to make our community an even better place to call home.” – Lynne Fugate
I grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the daughter of an English Teacher and an Entrepreneur. My parents’ influence is the foundation for the career and volunteer work I have done throughout my adult life.
I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance in 1983. I began my professional career at First Federal Savings & Loan in my hometown. I married Scott Fugate, whom I met my first week at UT, in 1987. We had reconnected when he was stationed in Charleston, SC as a young Naval officer.
We moved back to Knoxville in 1988 when he enrolled in the MBA program at UT, and I began working for First Tennessee as a lender. Through my work at First Tennessee, I was re-introduced to Knoxville in a way that I had not been as a student. I fell in love with our community, and we decided to build our careers, raise a family here and put down roots.
My career of almost 30 years in the financial services industry also raised my awareness of economic development and the importance of good jobs for our citizens. This new knowledge of economic development issues showcased the importance of high-quality education for the citizens of our region. This is where the influence of my parents and their career paths intersected for me.
I have served on many boards that supported a wide variety of interests, such as the arts, affordable housing, domestic violence, youth services, leadership development, community development, economic development, and education. In addition, I served in leadership roles in every PTA at the schools my two sons, Henley & Patrick, attended. I then served two terms on the Knox County Board of Education, even serving one term as Chair of the board. I also was fortunate enough to have served on the Tennessee Association of School Boards board.
From 2000 to 2005, I was the Executive Director of Nine Counties. One Vision. This five-year project was the largest citizen-driven, long-range strategic planning effort in the southeastern United States at the time. This planning effort included Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Roane, and Union counties. This role expanded my knowledge of the entire region and made me want to serve even more.
Throughout my adult life in Knoxville, I have remained committed to serving my community and help improve the quality of life for its citizens. I have continued this work now as the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians (which covers 35 counties in East Tennessee, six counties in Virginia, and four counties in Georgia) and as a member of the City Council of Knoxville.
Dedicated Public Service
- Knoxville City Council – At Large Seat A 2019 – Present
- City of Knoxville Pension Board
- Knox County Board of Education District 4 2010 – 2018 (Chair & Vice Chair)
- Knox County Government Investment Committee; Tennessee School Board Association Board of Directors
- Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians (2016 – present)
- Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
- Great Schools Partnership
- Metropolitan Drug Commission
- Knoxville Museum of Art (Executive Committee)
- Knox Heritage
- YWCA of Knoxville (President)
- Holston Conference Foundation (Vice Chair)
- Leadership Knoxville (Executive Committee)
- YMCA of East Tennessee (Executive Committee/Asst. Treasurer)
- East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association
- Knox Housing Partnership (dba HomeSource – President)
- Southeast Community Capital Corporation
- Economic Ventures, Inc.
- AmSouth Community Development Corporation
- CISV (President)
- West High School Foundation (President)
- Bearden Middle School PTA (President)
- Sequoyah Elementary School PTA (President)
- Kids Place at Sequoyah
Education & Awards
- University of Tennessee; B.S. Business Administration, Major in Finance
- 2001 YWCA Tribute to Women Honoree for Business and Government
- The Bob Gonia Leadership Award for Outstanding Regional Leadership
- Knoxville Chapter, Public Relations Society of America Community Service Award
- John J. Duncan, Sr. Award for Commitment to Housing and Community Development
- Has lived in Knoxville for 35 years
- She received B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Tennessee.
- Lynne’s spouse, Scott Fugate, is a fellow graduate of the University of Tennessee, holding a BS in Agricultural Business and an MBA in Logistics. Currently employed by TVA, Scott also continues a family tradition as a part-time cattle farmer. Lynne and Scott have been blessed with two grown sons, Henley (married to Ashleigh Fugate) and Patrick (married to Maggie Fugate), and they have two grandsons.