Jerry L. Maynard, II
Jerry L. Maynard, II is best known for his experience in public policy and government relations that spans over a decade in serving as an elected official. More notable, is his passion for the people of Nashville/Davidson County. This passion has been demonstrated time and time again through his pastoral work, as well as, the work that he has done to help small businesses continue to grow alongside the city. It is because of this that Maynard decided to take a leap of faith, after leaving government service, to open The Maynard Group. After eight years of serving as councilmember-at-large and focused attention in the areas of budget and finance, education, healthcare and economic development, Maynard embarked on a new venture, opening The Maynard Group, with the key focus of developing and creating economic success for all.
While serving as a councilmember-at-large, Maynard learned that small businesses are the economic engine of the city. Through his work in budget and finance, he saw that small businesses provide most of the jobs and are the key to expanding the tax base. Because of this, he led and sponsored various legislation and programs that saw great success and was even responsible for changing the landscape of Nashville, as we once knew it. Some of the most notable pieces of legislation, for which he led the way, include the Metro Small Business Growth Act, the Diversity and Inclusion Act, and the Metro Workforce Development Program. Each of these provided a foundation for minority small business owners and continue to make an impact on how business is shaped in Music City. He was also responsible for the “Yes to Sulfer Dell” grassroots campaign, which led to the successful securing of the new fifty-five million dollar Nashville Sounds Baseball Stadium finding its permanent home in the Capitol District (Germantown, Hope Gardens, Historic Buena Vista, Salemtown and the Jefferson Street area).
During his tenure, Maynard also sponsored many programs that are now vital to the community. He supported the legislation that created Metro Employee Healthcare, which led to twenty million dollars in new revenue for General Hospital and saved Metro millions of dollars in healthcare costs for their employees. Just as notably, Maynard sponsored the legislation that prohibited guns in local parks, as well as, the Affordable Housing Incentive Act.
Throughout his professional career, Maynard was involved in a few projects that carry great meaning. In particular, over a six-year period, Maynard was able to secure nearly a half million dollars for Tennessee State University’s John Merritt Classic in funding support. He also worked with a team to develop the Jubilee Bridge which is now a pleasing entry way into the Fisk/Meharry area. The Jubilee Bridge, however, is not the only bridge project where Maynard has been involved. He served as the lead in the development of the 28th Street Connector, which now connects North and West Nashville for the first time in 45 years. Maynard also led the metro council in making certain that the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) received support from the city by ensuring that the Minority Caucus made this cultural imperative one of its top two priorities. Through his leadership and strategic focus, former council member, Lonell Matthews sent a letter to former Mayor Karl F. Dean that secured funding, initiated by former Mayor Bill Purcell, for NMAAM from the city.
In addition to this rewarding work, Maynard is also the proud author of the book How to Lead When No One Will Follow, which takes a look at how underserved communities fail to participate in local elections and local politics, thus leaving them disenfranchised. By publishing this book, Maynard hopes that people will begin to understand that local elections are the key to seeing a change within a community. Through more participation, Maynard believes that these underserved communities will begin to see better jobs, schools and economic empowerment. The philosophies outlined in the book have become the principles that Maynard now strives to see permeate throughout all ventures in which he participates.
Aside from his work with small businesses and government organizations, Maynard serves as pastor of Southside Community Church, a multi-campus church with attendees in Nashville and Clarksville. This year, an additional location was added to broaden its mission of feeding the community with the opening of a second Nashville location – operating as MidTown Community Church, to serve an increasingly diverse population.
Maynard’s vast experience and passion for people are strengths that allow him to move within the world of business, the land of politics and government relations and faith-based leadership. With a heart for Music City, he continues to impact the community he serves.
To learn more about Jerry Maynard, click here to purchase his book “How to Lead When No One Follows,” that chronicles his beliefs on the importance of local politics.