The Nashville Hub is led by the Nashville Hub Management Team, and it consists of members from Alignment Nashville (the Hub’s housing organization) and from Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.  You can more about the current Management Team below.

Starr Herrman

Director, Nashville Ford Next Generation Learning Hub

Starr Herrman is recognized for her work with high school transformation, and particularly, the academy model.  She was instrumental in planning, directing and implementing the smaller learning communities/academies model for the Metro Nashville Public School system from 2006 to 2012. She is a former high school teacher, CTE Director and IT manager.

Since retirement in 2012, Starr remains active in the school system, working on contract to help transform middle schools. She serves as director of the Nashville Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) Hub, serves on the Ford NGL Leadership Council, consults with many districts across the U.S. in high school transformation and is a National Career Academy Coalition accreditation reviewer.

Starr has been published and quoted in various articles and journals, presented at national conferences, webinars, and is passionate about the academy model.


Melissa Jaggers

President & CEO, Alignment Nashville

Melissa Jaggers’ work focuses on effective community engagement and collaboration to improve education and health outcomes for children and youth in Nashville.

Melissa is the President and CEO of Alignment Nashville, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to aligning existing resources to achieve systemic change. A speaker and consultant, she has more than 13 years of experience in the social and education sectors. She particularly enjoys creating and refining processes and tools that support effective, sustainable collaborations and alignment of resources, as well as helping communities outside Nashville learn how to adapt these processes and tools for their own use.

Melissa came to Alignment Nashville after serving as Director of Grant Development at Nashville State Community College for six years, where she worked to secure several federally funded grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, and other sources. She also served as Nashville State’s Director of Development, raising private funds for the institution and working with the Nashville State Foundation. Previously, Melissa was Director of Marketing at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee, and Account Manager at Fletcher & Rowley Political Consulting. Melissa holds a BA in Political Science from Western Kentucky University.


Donna Gilley

Director of Academies of Nashville, MNPS

Donna is the Director of the Academies of Nashville/CTE Director for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools where she helps manage career/thematic academies across the district, works with business partners to create engaging activities for students, and creates/facilitates professional development for teachers. Donna has been involved in the support and management of academies for the past ten years at the district level. Prior to her work at the district office, Donna spent 17 years in the classroom teaching a variety of business courses before joining district office administration seven years ago. She has been involved in many aspects of development and implementation of the Academies of Nashville.

Donna has been actively involved with the Ford Next Generation Learning Communities as a Professional Development Provider and consultant for over 20 years.
Donna’s educational background is in business and business education. She received her undergraduate Business Degree from Belmont University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Jack C. Massey School of Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.