Managing Director at the institute is Lydia Lenker, press secretary to former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen from 2003 to 2011. Lenker’s public service follows a long career as a broadcast journalist in radio and television news in Nashville, in her hometown of Philadelphia and in Asbury Park, NJ. In Music City, she first worked as a reporter and anchor for the Tennessee Radio Network, where she covered news at the State Capitol. She then moved to NewsChannel5 – WTVF TV, as political reporter and weekend anchor. In 2001, she won an Emmy for “Best Weekend Newscast” in the Southeast region.