City of Chattanooga
Mayor's Council for Women
Statewide Women's Policy Conference
Kristina Maurer Montague
Kristina Montague is managing partner of the JumpFund, an angel investment fund comprised of majority women investors focused on providing start-up and growth capital to women entrepreneurs. With over $7 million under management, the JumpFund is building a portfolio of scalable, high growth, women-led companies across the Southeast. Kristina is also a partner in Next Wave Impact Fund, a national effort to engage more women investors interested in impact-focused ventures. Previously, Kristina served as Assistant Dean of External Affairs at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s College of Business, where she developed her passion for supporting and encouraging women as business leaders. A native of Seattle, WA, Kristina received her B.A. from Vassar College and served as a Teach for America corps member in rural Louisiana before pursuing her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Washington. Her passion for education reform led her to serve as program associate at the Public Education Foundation and later in leadership roles at Normal Park Museum Magnet School in Chattanooga, TN. Kristina focuses her philanthropic and nonprofit work in the arenas of education, entrepreneurship, and social equity. Kristina serves on the board of directors of LaunchTN, the Company Lab, the Enterprise Center, and the Tennessee Aquarium and is a trustee of the Footprint Foundation. She is also a member of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, Mayor’s Council on Women, and was recognized as a 2013 Woman of Distinction by the American Lung Association. Kristina lives in downtown Chattanooga with her two children and husband, Tom.
League of Women Voters- Nashville, TN
Marian Ott is the President of the League of Women Voters of Tennessee. Marian believes that citizens should actively participate in their government; for over 30 years as a member of the League of Women Voters she has advocated for increased civic participation. She is a past president of LWV of Nashville, past state League treasurer, and past Nashville Treasurer. Since 2015 Marian has been the President of the League of Women Voters of Tennessee. During her tenure as President, LWVTN has re-energized its voter registration/voter education efforts, gained membership statewide and reinvigorated League advocacy on state issues especially around voting. As President, Marian has been the main spokesperson in the League’s opposition to the penalization of voter registration drives and coordinated the League’s efforts as plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state of Tennessee.
She also serves on the executive committee and as Treasurer of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. In addition, she served as the League’s representative on the Tennessee Legislative Special Study Committee on Open Government. Marian was a gubernatorial appointee to the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.
Marian’s professional career has been in public transportation. In 1982 she moved to Nashville to join the Metropolitan Transit Authority as Assistant General Manager after positions with the US Department of Transportation and the NJ DOT, all built on her education in transportation engineering at Princeton (BSE) and MIT (MS). She later became the first Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Authority and a founding member of Cumberland Region Tomorrow. After becoming a full-time volunteer, in 1999, she was appointed to the Board of the MTA (now WeGo) where she served until June of 2016. She served as Chairman for several of her years.
Marian has been a longtime member of the Board of St Luke's Community House where she has served as Board President and currently is on the Executive Committee member. Her direct volunteer service has been primarily with adults as a Literacy and English as a Learned Language tutor and a Preparer/Trainer for the United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
Derryberry Public Relations
Robin Derryberry is the owner of Derryberry Public Relations. She is a native Chattanoogan, tenth generation Tennesseean and proud alumna of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Robin’s success in strategy is used daily at the firm to assist clients who face challenges in everything from crisis communications to branding and political strategy.
Robin was honored as one of Chatttanooga’s “Women of Distinction”, and served as a member of UTC Chancellor’s Roundtable as well as chair of the PR Committee for the Chattanooga Rotary Club. Robin is a past co-chair of the Leadership Committee for the Mayor’s Women’s Council as well as past member of the executive committee for the board of the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, Chattanooga’s oldest social service agency. She is a founding member of the board of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Children’s Advocacy Center and founded the CASA Program at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court.
She currently serves as Chair of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.
The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults honored her as “Outstanding Partner”, an honor that traditionally has been given to businesses and corporations.
Each year, Derryberry PR commits significant time to Chattanooga’s non-profits as a way of giving back to help others. She is married to Andy Derryberry who is also a partner at the firm that bears their name.
Virginia W. Harris
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
Dynamic, highly respected, public servant and community leader. All these words and more describe Virginia W. Harris. She retired from the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in July 2006, as County Auditor after 20 years of service. Other professional positions included Accounting Director & Financial Management Analyst, Gwinnett County, Audit Manager, State of Georgia, Comptroller, Governor’s Office – Women’s Services, State of Louisiana, Accountant, Sears Roebuck and Company, South Eastern Regional Office and Accountant with Arthur Young and Company.
Virginia W. Harris was elected President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. at the 18th Biennial Conference, September 23, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. Having served as a member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter for 27 years, President Harris has consistently demonstrated her leadership abilities through successfully serving at both the national and local chapter levels. For the past 15 years she has served as First Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Finance and Fund Development, National Treasurer and chaired several national committees. At the chapter level, President Harris held the offices of President, Vice President of Programs, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer. She was chair of the Public Policy, Nominations and Scholarship Committees. She is also a member of her chapter’s Presidents Advisory Board, an advisory group consisting of past chapter presidents created to provide ongoing guidance to the chapter.
Virginia served on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Past President, Albany State University Foundation Board of Trustee; Past Chair, Georgia DOL-Statewide Youth Motivation Task Force Program; Vice President of the Gwinnett-Rockdale-Newton Community Service Board, National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), Gwinnett Chapter, American Red Cross Advisory Board , Southern Education Foundation, Board Member, member of Women Ministry Council, and President of the Ladies Usher Board at The Historical Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Virginia is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Links Inc. and the Continental Societies Inc. Virginia regularly participates in the National Urban League’s BEEP-Program, lecturing at Historical Black Colleges and Universities. Her stellar work and staunch commitment have earned her numerous national, regional, state and local awards.
Educationally, President Harris holds a Masters of Public Administration degree, Bachelor of Business Administration degree, is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Government Financial Manager. She is also a graduate of Georgia’s Regional Leadership Institute, Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Gwinnett and Graduate of Harvard Non-Profit Leadership Program.
Virginia resides in Stone Mountain. She is the widow of Keith Harris, a native Atlantan, and they have two adult children, Mark and Veketa, three grandsons; Joshua, Andrew and Ethan, and two granddaughters, Hannah and Ava. She is a member of the Historical Ebenezer Baptist Church. Virginia enjoys traveling, reading, tennis and is learning to play golf.
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