Grants Analyst/Director of Literary Arts
Lee Baird joined the Commission staff in June 2005. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1995 and worked in the wireless communications industry before joining the Commission.
As Grants Analyst, he supervises the agency’s sub-recipient grant monitoring and serves as a liaison to grantees to ensure compliance with all contract requirements. He also assists in managing the eGrant application system and the PEARL grant database. In addition, he administers the Literary Arts Program for the Commission, which includes managing grants for literary organizations and individual writers and coordinating special literary projects.