Commissioners and Staff

Mary Kilbride

Mary Kilbride was appointed by Governor Bill Lee in the fall of 2019 for a five-year term to represent District 26. 

After graduating from LSU with an accounting degree, Mary spent the next 10 years pursuing a career as a CPA in public accounting, investor relations and as a research analyst on Wall Street. Mary left the professional world to become a stay-at-home mom to her three daughters.  

While raising their children in Chattanooga, Mary has spent almost thirty years volunteering on nonprofit boards. Her appreciation of the arts is evident through her service as a board member and campaign chair of ArtsBuild, chair of the Association of Visual Artists and co-chair of the Hunter Museum’s Spectrum fundraiser. She currently chairs the boards of the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga and Friends of the Festival and serves on the Erlanger Health Systems Foundation board. Prior board service includes United Way, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, WTCI, Creative Discovery Museum, Baylor School and Bright School.

Mary and her husband Bill, a former Tennessee Arts Commission board member, have lived in Chattanooga for 27 years.