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Van Tucker

Interim Chief Executive Officer, Launch Tennessee

As Interim Chief Executive Officer, Van Tucker supports the mission and vision of making Tennessee the best state in the nation for startups by empowering a network of resources across the state.

Before joining LaunchTN in early 2020, Tucker served as founding CEO of the Nashville Fashion Alliance, a trade organization that raised international awareness of the industry’s $6B economic impact. Prior to that, Van was a cofounder of Avenue Bank as Chief Creative Officer, responsible for award-winning brand development.

She began her career in financial services as a bank teller, advancing to the role of Senior Vice President for Bank of America. She launched and led the company’s first national entertainment industry division and helped to build Nashville into a world-class music center. Tucker also served as cofounder of CT Management Consulting, Senior Vice President of Regions/Morgan Keegan, and as a consulting strategist and executive coach.

Tucker has served on a variety of community and professional boards of directors, including Leadership Music (president), Americana Music Association (founder, board chair), Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Music Health Alliance, The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation, The Arts and Business Council, Owen Graduate School of Management Alumni Board, Adventure Science Center, Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (founder), Battleground Academy (vice-chair, Board of Trustees), Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville Film Festival, Cumberland Valley Girl Scout Council, and T.J. Martell Foundation.