Brian Gilson

District Support Team Lead

A former teacher and track coach, Brian Gilson’s knack for guiding and influencing students developed into a talent for recruiting, managing and cultivating talent in educational systems.

Brian begins a new role as district support team lead with The Holdsworth Center this summer.

Brian previously served as chief people officer of Achievement Schools, the five directly-operated schools of the Tennessee Achievement School District (ASD). In this role, Brian oversaw all talent management, recruitment and human resources.

Prior to Achievement Schools, Brian held a variety of positions with Teach For America – Greater Nashville, from coaching teachers to providing leadership development to aspiring school leaders. He also served as interim executive director of the organization for a brief period of time.

Before joining the Teach for America staff, Brian taught English as a second language teacher at the elementary and middle school level in Memphis. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Denison University, a master’s in education from Lipscomb University and is a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education in Los Angeles.

Outside of work, Brian is an avid runner and has completed the Boston Marathon three times. He is an Eagle Scout, and was also appointed by two different mayors in Nashville to serve on that city’s Community Education Commission.