Knoxville, Tennessee , United States
|| July 26, 1952
Apr 01, 2013 01:16pm
|Info||Madeline Rogero has the right experience to be Mayor of Knoxville. She has a demonstrated record of success as a community development director, county commissioner, non-profit executive, urban and regional planner, community volunteer, and neighborhood activist. |
Madeline believes in Knoxville. She has the skills, experience, vision, passion, and compassion to be a great Mayor.
In 2003, Madeline ran a very close race for Mayor against Bill Haslam. Three years later, Mayor Haslam asked Madeline to join his administration to re-organize and re-energize the community development department. She accepted the challenge and built a cohesive, high-functioning team of 25 staff with nationally recognized programs and a new commitment to accessible, energy-efficient and sustainable development. Madeline and her talented team managed a diverse portfolio of programs such as the rehab and construction of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, neighborhood commercial redevelopment, historic preservation, blighted property remediation, business start-up and expansion loans, commercial façade improvements, workforce training, homeless services, fair housing, and disability services.
She worked with a Neighborhood Task Force to create the city’s Office of Neighborhoods and with the Partnership for Neighborhood Improvement to successfully complete the $25.6 million Empowerment Zone program. Madeline launched a city-county-neighborhood initiative to address the problem of vacant and blighted properties, convened a 5-county regional consortium that won a highly competitive $4.3 million grant for sustainable community planning, and co-chaired the Mayor’s Energy and Sustainability Task Force.
Madeline resigned her position as community development director in late 2010 to run for Mayor.
Prior to joining the city, Madeline was a consultant to Capital One Financial Corporation’s Community Affairs office and to America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, founded by General Colin Powell. She was executive director of Knoxville’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation, The University of Tennessee Community Partnership Center, and the Coal Employment Project. Madeline was a grants consultant with Levi Strauss Foundation, and a community and economic development planner at Tennessee Valley Authority and the East Tennessee Community Design Center.
She is a strategic thinker and a skilled facilitator and trainer. Madeline has worked with businesses, nonprofits, and Knoxville residents to identify problems and craft realistic solutions. Madeline knows how to move from public process, to achievable goals, to successful implementation.
Defeating a long-time incumbent, Madeline was elected to Knox County Commission in 1990 and re-elected in 1994, representing District 2 (North Knoxville). She chose not to run again after two terms in respect for the term-limits referendum passed by voters in 1994 but not enforced until 2007. Madeline was known as a strong advocate for neighborhoods, schools, and better teacher salaries. She was described by fellow commissioner John Griess as “one of the great thinkers on commission.” Fellow District 2 commissioner Billy Tindell said “Rogero’s trademark is doing her homework and being able to digest complicated issues.” She was recognized as a “very conscientious commissioner who takes her job seriously” by former county executive Tommy Schumpert, and as an “exemplary public servant” whose “voice will be missed” by the Knoxville News Sentinel. (KNS 12/3/97 and 12/5/97)
Madeline has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Tennessee and a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Her 1987 master’s thesis, A Proposal to Foster Civic Leadership and Participation in Knoxville, sparked a series of public discussions sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Metropolitan Planning Commission.
Committed to volunteerism and social justice, Madeline postponed her college studies in the mid-70’s to join with Cesar Chavez to help farm workers improve their living and working conditions.
Her extensive community service gives Madeline a broad and deep understanding of the people and issues of our city. She serves on the board of directors of the South Knoxville Foundation, the leadership team of Together! Healthy Knox, and is a member of the Lindbergh Forest Taliwa Woodlawn Neighborhood Association. With 30 years of community involvement, she has served on numerous boards such as the Knoxville Transportation Authority, Partnership for Neighborhood Improvement, Project GRAD, Character Counts, the Mental Health Association of Knox County, and the Whittle Springs Middle School PTO.
Madeline has been recognized for her contributions to our city. She received the 2006 Business and Government award from the YWCA Tribute to Women; the 2004 Champion of Change award from Community Shares; and the 2003 Knoxvillian of the Year award from readers of MetroPulse.