Knoxville, Tenn. – Alanna McKissack has been named the new executive director of Keep Knoxville Beautiful and will lead the organization beginning January 2, 2018. McKissack rejoins the organization where she served as an AmeriCorps member and program coordinator in 2015. Most recently, McKissack served as the executive director of Keep Blount Beautiful, where she managed the Keep America Beautiful affiliate. Keep America Beautiful champions programs to help beautify local communities through recycling education, litter clean-ups, murals, among others.
“We are extremely excited about Alanna joining Keep Knoxville Beautiful to lead the next chapter of the organization,” said Tommy Smith, the non-profit’s board president. “We have been blessed with superb leadership from our outgoing executive director, Patience Melnik, and we are thrilled to support Alanna in the positive momentum of the organization.”
Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s mission is to promote litter eradication, recycling, and beautification efforts in Knox County communities using education, events, and volunteer engagement.
“I am excited to be back with Keep Knoxville Beautiful as the executive director,” said McKissack. “I have a passion for community improvement and environmental sustainability, and I am looking forward to sharing that passion with the great communities of Knox County and building on the amazing work that KKB has already achieved.”
Melnik, the executive director of Keep Knoxville Beautiful for the past two and half years, has been hired by the City of Knoxville to manage its Office of Solid Waste.
“I am thrilled that Alanna will be KKB’s next executive director,” added Melnik. “Her experience as an affiliate executive director and her hands-on knowledge of KKB make her the perfect person for the job. I’m excited to watch the growth of the organization under her excellent leadership.”
About Keep Knoxville Beautiful
Founded in 1978 to help “clean up” prior to the 1982 World’s Fair, Keep Knoxville Beautiful is a local non-profit with a mission to promote a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful community.