James H. Dunn was appointed by Governor Bill Lee as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability July 1, 2021. The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (formerly the Commission on Aging) was created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1963. The Commission is the designated state agency on aging and is mandated to provide leadership relative to aging issues on behalf of older persons in the state. The commission brings together and leverages programs, resources, and organizations to protect and ensure the quality of life and independence of older Tennesseans and adults with disabilities.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Dunn served as Chief Advisor to Tennessee House Majority Leader William Lamberth. He has also served as legislative director for the Department of Military and as District Director of Congresswomen Diane Black. In the private sector, Dunn worked for the law firm of Miller & Martin, PLLC as a government relations professional. A licensed attorney, Dunn earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law and his Master of Public Administration (MPA) and his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University.
Dunn resides in Gallatin, Tennessee with his wife, Julie, and their two children.