Governor Lee appoints Villio executive director of Office of Faith Based & Community Values

Nashville – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the appointment of Lance Villio as executive director for the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives. Villio fully transitioned to the role on October 1.

“Government is not the answer to the greatest challenges we face. Faith and community partners play a critical role in ensuring every Tennessean can reach their fullest potential,” said Lee. “ … I am confident Lance will continue the office’s important mission to serve our state.”

Villio is the founder and CEO of Think Native, a technology platform. Villio brings extensive faith and nonprofit sector experience, including leadership roles at Q Ideas, I Am Second and RestoreNYC. Villio earned his bachelor’s degree at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Villio resides in Franklin with his wife, Hannah, and their three children.

The Governor’s Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, established by Lee in 2019, partners with nonprofits, business leaders and the faith community to serve Tennesseans in need. 

The office has led key public-private partnerships, including Tennessee Fosters Hope and anti-human trafficking efforts, and will continue to serve as a resource hub for Tennesseans and their families.

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