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Gwen McKenzie is a lifelong resident of the 6th District and has been actively engaged in the community for many years. In 2017 Gwen was elected 6th District City Council Representative making her the 1st African American woman to serve on Knoxville City Council. She was elected by her peers to also serve as Vice Mayor in 2019. Gwen’s passion for service and equality was instilled in her by her parents the late Woodrow Z. Wilson (first Executive Director of the Knoxville Area Urban League and Civil Rights Activist) and the late Dora C. Wilson (retired educator and community activist).
Gwen and her husband have a blended family of 6 children and 1 dog (Lucky). She lives in East Knoxville and is a member of Greater Warner AME Zion Church.
Public Safety - Safe Neighborhoods
Programs for Families and Children
Gwen has volunteered and serves with multiple organizations to include:
Board Member Girl Talk, Inc.
Knoxville Area Urban League Board
Member of Knoxville Chapter N.A.A.C.P.
Leadership Knoxville Class of 2020 Alumni
Member of Town Hall East Community Association
Gwen is a former board member of Knoxville Botanical Gardens
and Tanasi Girl Scout Council
Awards and Recognition:
UNNIK Academy Recognition Award
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Outstanding Achievement Award
Home Federal Bank Hometown Hero and CVS National Paragon Award
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Woman to Woman Award for Government and Politics
"I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular. But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless."
Whitney M. Young
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