Shelby County Attorney Kelly Rayne To Join Chamber Staff As Vice President of Public Policy

Release date: 12/3/2013

Memphis, Tenn--Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., and Greater Memphis Chamber CEO, John W. Moore, announced today that Shelby County Attorney, Kelly Rayne, will join the staff of the Greater Memphis Chamber as Vice President of Public Policy.  Rayne will be working on public policy issues as they relate to the Memphis business community.  Rayne will officially join the staff Monday, January 13, 2014.

“Kelly has been a dedicated public servant.  She has assisted with many complex legal issues during her three years of service as Shelby County Attorney.  She has been one of the brightest and hardest-working County Attorneys that has ever held that post.  We will miss her talents and strong work ethic.  Kelly will be a great asset in her new role at the Greater Memphis Chamber,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.

Rayne began her career in the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office in 1994.  In 1996, she joined the Shelby County Attorney’s office, where she served as Executive Assistant Attorney.  She subsequently served as Legislative Advisor and Special Counsel to former Mayor Jim Rout, and to then Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. through 2006.  Rayne also served in several other roles during her tenure with government, including her service as Interim Economic Development Director for Memphis and Shelby County; as Public Policy Advisor to the Mayor; and as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Memphis.  In September 2010, Rayne was appointed by Mayor Luttrell as the Shelby County Attorney, serving as Chief Legal Counsel to Shelby County Government. 

“Our ability to be the voice of business is greatly enhanced by having someone like Kelly,” said 2014 Chairman for the Chamber Leigh Shockey.  “Kelly has the knowledge and the know-how to get things done.  I am pleased to welcome her to the team.”

  “Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work on transformative projects that make Memphis and Shelby County a great place to live, work and play,” said Rayne.  “Now, as part of the Chamber team, I will be able to continue that work and further develop my relationships to benefit the Memphis business community.”

“The Chamber team has worked with Kelly for a number of years in economic development and public policy matters,” said Moore.  “Her depth of experience and exceptional abilities will be valuable assets for the Greater Memphis community."

For 175 years, the Greater Memphis Chamber has been the lead economic development organization for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.

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