Bill Purcell, J.D., Chair
Bill Purcell is an attorney in Nashville, Tennessee and an adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. While serving as Mayor of Nashville (1999 to 2007), his accomplishments as a civic leader earned him Public Official Of the Year honors in 2006 from Governing Magazine, Elected to five terms in the Tennessee House he held the positions of Majority Leader and Chair of the Select Committee on Children and Youth. After retiring from the General Assembly, Mr. Purcell founded and became Director of the Child and Family Policy Center at the Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies. From 2008 to 2010 he served as Director of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was then appointed Special Advisor and co-Chair of the Work Team for Allston in the Office of the President at Harvard University. He previously served in various capacities on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's obesity-related committees including the Committee on an Evidence Framework for Obesity Prevention Decision Making (member), Vice Chair of the Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, and as a member of the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention. He graduated from Hamilton College and Vanderbilt University School of Law.