Our Staff

Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell, a Maryville native and an Oak Ridge resident for over 30 years, is president of the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC)and a Fellow at the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. He is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Knoxville, and graduated from Leadership Oak Ridge in 1991.

Campbell started his career in the newspaper business, serving in various positions with The Oak Ridger, Oak Ridge’s daily newspaper since the end of the Manhattan Project. He was editor of the newspaper from 1989 to 1994. During that time he was also a contributing editor to the “Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy,” a publication of the University of Tennessee’s Energy, Environment and Research Center. Campbell also assisted in the publication of two books on Oak Ridge history.

Campbell currently serves as the chair of the board for the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) Foundation.  He is also a board member for the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, East Tennessee Quality Growth, and First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge. Campbell is a past chairman of the United Way of Anderson County board, and a former member of the boards of the Tennessee Humanities Council, and the Oak Ridge Sister City Support Group.

Jim is married to Priscilla Campbell, recently retired from ORAU, and has three daughters:  Elise, a mechanical engineer working in Annapolis, MD; Amelia, an engineer, and Claire, a graduate student in soil science at the University of Wisconsin. 

Tracy Boatner
Vice President

Tracy Boatner is the Vice President of the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC). Her work at ETEC is centered on building and strengthening community relationships by bringing people together to work toward common economic and community goals.  Her many ETEC hats include project manager, event planner, membership director, program director, and resident ZOOM specialist.

Before joining the ETEC staff in 2015, Tracy was the Executive Director for the Junior League of Knoxville where she led a group of more than 800 volunteers who donated their time and treasure to build a better Knoxville.  During her 15-years with the League, she worked with many charitable organizations and discovered her heart for nonprofits and the work they do.

Tracy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from King University.  She grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Gibbs High School.  Her affiliations include:  President, Rotary Club of Oak Ridge; Center for Leadership & Community Development Board; Chair, Leadership Oak Ridge Advisory Board; Oak Ridge Chamber Advocacy Committee; United Way of Anderson County Board; Leadership Oak Ridge Class of 2016; Leadership Knoxville Class of 2012.

Tracy and her family (husband, Ivan, and 4 children ages 16-28) enjoy hiking together on the weekends.  Tracy also enjoys running, reading, and red wine.

Nicole Allen
Manager, Communications & Operations

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Nicole has lived in Knoxville since 2001. Since coming to East Tennessee, she has worked for economic development non-profits for almost 20 years.

Nicole has been with ETEC for over fifteen of those years. With a background in marketing, customer service, and office administration, her work for ETEC encompasses those skills as well as public relations, communications, event planning, and project management. She is also responsible for the accounting and human resources obligations of the organization.

Nicole has been a mentor for the TNAchieves program as a part of the TNPromise Scholarship and worked in the children’s ministry at her church. She is a member of Leadership Oak Ridge’s class of 2006.

Nicole graduated from Cumberland College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology.