Our Staff + Board


Jill McMillan Palm (she/her)

Executive Director

As Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, Jill McMillan Palm provides education, resources, and opportunities at the intersection of arts and business. Before moving to Nashville in 2017 for this role, she worked with arts organizations and creative businesses in Los Angeles, CA; Phoenix, AZ; and Boston, MA. Using her breadth of experience and skills, Jill sustains and promotes the Arts & Business Council’s mission to create a thriving, sustainable creative culture in Nashville; ensures that the organization’s service to artists is of the highest quality; and is an advocate for artists at the local, state, and national levels. She is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Music Industry Advisory Group and has served on the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Council since 2018. She was elected to the Nashville Emerging Leaders class of 2019, and was named as a finalist for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leaders Award in the Arts, Entertainment, and Music Business category in 2020. Originally from Northwest Indiana, Jill holds a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Pepperdine University. A lifelong arts enthusiast, she continues to dabble in dance, music, and visual art, all to varying degrees of success. In her spare time, you can find her taking in a concert or performance; enjoying an iced coffee with a good book; or wandering the world with her husband and their dog.

Jonathan Harwell-Dye (he/him)

Director of Programs

Jonathan Harwell-Dye is an arts administrator with more than 15 years of combined experience in the arts and creative industries. He was previously senior communications manager for a global art and design university and director of communications for a nonprofit arts organization and local arts agency. He began his career as a graphic artist in the newspaper industry and went on to be online manager, creative director, and editor. Trained as an illustrator, Jonathan was co-founder of the Three Cities Group Artist Collective and gallery curator at the Contemporary Arts Exchange in Macon, GA. An advocate for the economic and social benefits of the arts, he was named a GeorgiaForward Young Gamechanger and commissioned as a regional leader by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission prior to moving to Tennessee.

Jonathan holds a B.F.A. in interdisciplinary studies/scientific illustration from the University of Georgia, a certificate in creative placemaking from The Ohio State University, and studied business design and arts leadership at the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is married to Stacey Harwell-Dye, minister of missions and outreach at West End United Methodist Church, and they share their home with Colby, a Shetland Sheepdog, who enjoys long naps, short walks, and snowy weather.



Martha Ingram, Ingram Industries


Kelly Frey, Worldwide Stages


Kearstin Patterson, HCA Healthcare


Mike Koupal, Elliott Davis


Caroline Allison, Photographer

Libby Callaway, The Callaway

Brittany Cole, Career Thrivers

Trish Crist, Frist Art Museum

Yuri Cunza, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Chan Dillon, WC Dillon Company

Stephen Eaves, Belmont University

Lucia Folk, The Change Agent·cy

Omega George, Entertainment One

Chuck Harmony, Weirdo Workshop

Jamal Hipps, MPYER Marketing

Devon Holbrook, Bass Berry & Sims

Kirsten Jacobson, Asurion

Claude Kelly, Weirdo Workshop

John Leal, Brace Artist Management

Courtney Little, Musician & Arts Administrator

Emerald Mitchell, Moves & Grooves

Cindy Oliva, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Tim Ozgener, OZ Arts Nashville

Joseph “Pepe” Presley, Cumberland Trust

Thor Urness, Bradley

J. Robert Valentine, Concord

Daniel Weisman, AllianceBernstein

Trent Yates, Sagemont Real Estate

Anna Zeitlin, Fanny & June

Ethan Zoubek, Campaign Monitor


Khrys Hatch, Launch Tennessee

Are you interested in serving on an arts nonprofit board? Check out our Arts Board Matching program! If you’d like to learn more about serving on the Arts & Business Council’s board specifically, please email our Executive Director.