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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 12, 2018) – ThinkTennessee, a nonpartisan think tank that promotes forward-looking public policy, is pleased to announce the addition of two new Memphis-based members to its high-profile board of directors.

One new representative is Edward L. Stanton III of Memphis. Stanton is a partner with the law firm of Butler Snow. His practice areas include commercial litigation and white collar, compliance and government investigations. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee and senior counsel for the FedEx legal department’s commercial litigation team. A lifelong Memphian, Stanton received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Memphis.

Carol Coletta of Memphis will also join. Coletta has a long and storied career in nonprofit work, including her current position as a senior fellow with The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice and previous positions with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, ArtPlace, a public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the U.S., and CEOs for Cities. She also served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation.

ThinkTennessee board chairman and former Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper says the board would benefit greatly from Stanton’s and Coletta’s backgrounds and perspectives. “We are delighted to add such talented and public-service-oriented individuals to our group of leaders,” he said. “We look forward to many valuable contributions from Ed and Carol, including their unique insights into the current opportunities and challenges in Memphis.”

The additions of Stanton and Coletta bring ThinkTennessee’s board of directors to 10 members. It also marks a pivotal milestone in the statewide organization’s development, which for the first time now includes members from across each of the three grand divisions – East, Middle and West – in Tennessee.

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