Sandi Hoff serves as Chief of Staff for the Greater Nashville Technology Council and Executive Director of the NTC Foundation. In these roles she focuses on driving the economic success of Middle Tennessee through growing the skilled technology workforce.
Before joining the NTC, Sandi directed the Research and Policy programs for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Her work and studies prior to relocating to Tennessee included teaching public policy, nonprofit and public management, and nonprofit fundraising as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas.
Sandi received a BA from Davidson College, her Master’s Public Administration from Georgia State University, and pursued her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Non-Profit Management at the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! She has lived in Nashville since 2003 with her husband daughter, Sophia.
Director, Community Relations
Susan Charest is the Director of Community Relations for the Greater Nashville Technology Council. In this role, she focuses on promoting technical educating with individuals and companies that comprise our workforce of IT today, all the while generating excitement with our youth towards STEM for the workforce of tomorrow. At NTC, she manages the Apprenti TN program, which is the first technology-focused apprenticeship program in Tennessee. She focuses on assisting the tech industry to fill mid-tier jobs with highly competent people regardless of educational backgrounds through apprenticeships while actively recruiting veterans, women and minorities to aid in diversifying the tech industry.
Susan’s is a perpetual learner and her 20+ years IT experience started at NASA where she held a position as an IT helpdesk analyst. Her love for the community led her to become the Chair of the Board for Sharing of Middle TN, a 501c (3) nonprofit foundation for 10 years, contributed to Davidson County’s Metro Health department FIMR program. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Cooper Trooper Foundation.
Susan studied Computer and Information Sciences and support services at Hillsboro Community College, Brevard College and Camden County College. She is a certified in Novell (CNA), Sybase SQL (DBA), Microsoft and UNIX. Susan enjoys painting and has been a featured artist at the Franklin Art Scene. She lives with her husband, sons and a sock-eating dog named Fenway in Franklin.