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Clay Bright


Clay Bright was appointed Commissioner of Transportation by Governor Bill Lee in January 2019. He is the 30th commissioner of the state agency that oversees a statewide transportation system including highways, rail, airports, waterways, and transit.

Commissioner Bright spent 36 years working for Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest construction firms. In 1998, he opened Brasfield & Gorrie’s Nashville-based office. During the 20 years under his leadership, Brasfield & Gorrie’s Nashville team completed over $3 billion in construction and grew to employ over 200 people.

In his role as Vice President, Commissioner Bright led efforts in client development and growth strategies. Prior to becoming a vice president, he served as a senior project manager and was directly responsible for managing the construction of a wide variety of large commercial and institutional projects. During his tenure at Brasfield & Gorrie, he managed many key projects in Middle Tennessee, including the “Batman Building,” Caterpillar Financial Center, and SunTrust Plaza.

Commissioner Bright has served on the boards for the Economic Club of Nashville, American Heart Association, Nashville Antique & Garden Show, and the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Currently, he is serving on the boards for the Nashville Business Coalition, University of Alabama College of Engineering Leadership Board, Ace Advisory Board, City of Belle Meade Municipal Planning Commission, and Boy Scouts of America (Middle Tennessee Council). He has held active membership roles with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors of Tennessee, and NAIOP.

Commissioner Bright received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama. He and his wife, Kim, have two sons and are members of Christ Presbyterian Church. In his free time, he enjoys running, golf, hunting, and fishing.