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Kristine LaLonde, Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement

LaLonde brings passionate commitment to higher education and the civic sector as demonstrated in her work as an academic and public servant.  

LaLonde’s experience includes serving as the Co-Chief Innovation Officer of Nashville and Davidson County in the administration of Mayor Karl F. Dean. Prior to joining the Office of the Mayor, she served as an elected member of Nashville’s Metropolitan Council, the legislative body for the city and surrounding county, representing a rapidly changing urban neighborhood that included much of Vanderbilt’s campus.  She served as the chair of the Nashville Poverty Council and served on the boards of the Nashville Public Library Foundation, Metro Social Services, and Safe Haven Family Shelter.  

LaLonde holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia, where she served as the student member of the university’s governing board, and a BA in history from the University of Michigan.  She served as the Associate Dean for Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership and Public Service, where she launched and directed the master’s degree program in Leadership and Public Service and the undergraduate program in Urban Studies.  She directed a program in leadership studies in the Honors Program at Belmont University, where she was an Associate Professor. After graduating from UVA, her first teaching position was as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department of Howard University.