Knox County Tennessee

Grants and Community Development Staff

Jenny Holden

Jenny Holden serves as Senior Director of Grants and Community Development for Knox County. She oversees programs supporting community initiatives, the prevention of housing insecurity, and the promotion of community safety. Holden earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tusculum University and is a Certified Public Manager through the University of Tennessee Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership. She has completed extensive training in federal program management and has been with Knox County for over seventeen years.

Iain Christie

Iain Christie serves as the Community Service Division Director. He oversees the team responsible for managing the Emergency Rental Assistance program. Christie earned a bachelor’s degree in Town and Regional Planning from Dundee University in Scotland. He has been with Knox County for over eleven years and serves as a member of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Committee and Knox County Insurance Benefits Committee.

Jennifer Slaiman

Jennifer Slaiman serves as the Community Development Division Director. She oversees the team responsible for managing local and federal programs focused on housing, infrastructure, and public services. Slaiman earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Louisville and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She represents Knox County as a member of the Knoxville Change Center Board of Directors. Prior to moving to Knoxville, she served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ecuador and worked with HUD grant programs in Tucson, Arizona.

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Grants and Community Development

City County Building
Suite 630
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-215-3980
Fax: 865-215-3997

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm