Eden Slater will join the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods on June 4 and will succeed Debbie Sharp as Assistant Neighborhood Coordinator when Sharp becomes the Neighborhood Coordinator in mid-June following the retirement of David Massey.


Both Sharp and Slater were appointed by Mayor Madeline Rogero to these posts.


“We were blessed with quite a few top-notch applicants,” Massey noted, “but Eden stood out as a person who will excel at the relationship building that forms the bedrock of what this office is all about. We are really delighted that she chose the Office of Neighborhoods as her next career move.”


Slater is coming full circle. As a member of AmeriCorps, she worked full-time in the Office of Neighborhoods from mid-2012 until mid-2013, focusing on neighborhood emergency preparedness, volunteer recruitment, the neighborhood conference, and a variety of other tasks.


She then filled a vacancy in the Community Development Department until early 2014 before spending a year working in New Zealand.


For the last three years, Slater has been the coordinator of CAC’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). In that capacity she recruited, interviewed and assigned volunteers for all programs of CAC’s Office on Aging. She managed 300+ volunteers, 17 volunteer sites, in-kind resources, and all aspects of a federal grant.


Slater holds a double degree in communications and peace studies from the University of Missouri. A renter in the Fourth & Gill neighborhood, she is also active in the Knoxville Track Club, where she coaches adult runners in 5k, half-marathon, and marathon events. She also leads group runs on local greenways, trails, and neighborhood streets, and in local parks.