Jill graduated summa cum laude from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication and a minor in Industrial Organizational Psychology. After graduation, Jill taught with Teach for America in Phoenix, AZ, before moving to Boston, MA to begin her career in arts administration. In Boston, Jill worked with organizations including Boston Children’s Theatre, ArtsBoston, Broadway In Boston, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. A lifelong arts enthusiast, Jill has danced, played instruments, and acted in theater productions (all to varying degrees of success!). She is thrilled to be in Nashville and serving the cultural sector at the intersection of arts and business. In her spare time, you can find her out at a concert or performance; devouring a book with a cup of coffee; or at the park with her boyfriend, Ethan, and their dog, Archie.
Director of Legal Services
Jesse Harbison comes to the Arts & Business Council from the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, a state agency that enforces the laws prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. In her role as Associate General Counsel for the THRC, she oversaw the work of thirteen investigators and educated the public on the Commission’s mission and objectives. Prior to working for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, she was an associate at Baker Donelson, where she represented employers in cases involving violations of employment laws, trade secret protection, and business torts. While at Baker Donelson, she also had the opportunity to represent a local non-profit arts organization.
Jesse graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was a member of the Tennessee Law Review. After graduating from law school, she served a one-year term as a judicial law clerk in Hamilton County Chancery Court. She graduated cum laude from Belmont University, where she studied public relations and art history. She is admitted to the Tennessee bar.
In her free time, Jesse hosts a bi-weekly interview-based podcast, Mirror Mirror, about the beauty routines of interesting women. She is a native Nashvillian and lives in East Nashville with her husband, Jay, who is also a lawyer.
Jonathan Harwell-Dye is an arts administrator with nearly 14 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 a 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 in 2014 and commissioned as a regional leader by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission in 2015.
Jonathan holds a B.F.A. in interdisciplinary studies/scientific illustration from the University of Georgia, certification in creative placemaking from The Ohio State University in partnership with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in business design and arts leadership at SCAD. He is married to Stacey Harwell-Dye, minister of missions and outreach at West End United Methodist Church. They share their home with Colby, a Shetland Sheepdog, who’s excited about the possibility of snow this winter.