Ann Pierre, a longtime community organizer and supporter, has announced her intention to run for the District 5 seat on the Hamilton County Board of Education.
Pierre will be challenging incumbent Karitsa Mosley Jones. It's one of five seats that are up for re-election this year.
A graduate of The Howard School, Pierre has lived in the community for more than 30 years, according to a news release. She retired as chief executive officer of the Church Koinonia Federal Credit Union when it merged with the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union in 2013.
Pierre is an active member of the NAACP and the Zeta Phi Beta sorority and serves as the vice chairwoman of the national judiciary board of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America.
She is a graduate of Tennessee State University and went on to earn a master's degree in applied organizational management from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.
Pierre's platform focuses on three key areas: the need for teaching to be recognized and respected, quality learning environments for students and improved facilities.
"She is a proponent of establishing community values and believes that each person who touches this earth should receive a comprehensive and equitable education," according to a news release.
Working with children and their families inspired her to run for office, according to the release, and Pierre plans for her campaign to focus on family involvement in public schools.
Pierre was one of 10 school board candidates who qualified to run April 5. The nonpartisan school board election is Aug. 2.