Dr. Battle Announces New Leadership in MNPS Communications Department
Dr. Adrienne Battle has announced the appointment of two experienced public relations professionals to lead the Communications Department for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Sean Braisted will serve as the Executive Officer of Communications and Community Engagement, leading the department and acting as the primary point of contact for members of the media. Michael Cass will join the department as Director of Strategic Communications, ensuring a consistent voice as the district shares its story to parents, teachers, policymakers and others.
“I’m thankful that Sean and Michael will be joining our MNPS family to use their combined experience to share the stories and successes of the teachers, students, and staff across the district,” said Dr. Battle, interim director of MNPS. “Consistent, accurate, and timely communications are critical to strengthening the confidence of Nashville families and stakeholders in our public schools, and the addition of these two professionals to our team will help us to do just that.”
Braisted served as communications director for former Mayor Megan Barry where he managed mayoral communications staff, guided departmental PIOs, and served as spokesperson for the Mayor and Metro Government. Most recently he has served as public information officer for the Metro Codes Department and media advisor to the Planning Department. A product of public schools in Gahanna, Ohio, Braisted has lived in Nashville since 2001 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies from Tennessee State University in 2013.
“As a product of public schools and as the son of a public school teacher, I’m honored to be given the opportunity by Dr. Battle to work with a talented team of communications professionals in order to lift up and promote our successes while being honest about the challenges we face as a district,” said Braisted.
Cass joins MNPS after serving as speechwriter and communications advisor for former Mayors Karl Dean, Megan Barry, and David Briley. Prior to that, Cass was the local government reporter for The Tennessean, where he gained extensive knowledge of Metro Government’s operations. Cass attended and graduated from public schools in Macon, Georgia, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from The University of the South and a Master of Mass Communications from The University of Georgia. His two children attend Metro schools.
“I grew up believing in public education as a cornerstone of democracy, and my work as a reporter and speechwriter has often highlighted just how important Nashville’s public schools are to the success of our city,” Cass said. “I’m grateful for the chance to play a part in making MNPS even stronger.”
Braisted started his position on November 12 and Cass will join MNPS on Monday, November 18.
“I’m thankful that Sean and Michael will be joining our MNPS family to use their combined experience to share the stories and successes of the teachers, students, and staff across the district. Consistent, accurate, and timely communications are critical to strengthening the confidence of Nashville families and stakeholders in our public schools, and the addition of these two professionals to our team will help us to do just that.”
Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 86,000 students for higher education, work and life. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.