Demetrus Coonrod is a passionate community leader and committed advocate for the residents of Chattanooga’s District 9. She was first elected to the Chattanooga City Council in 2017, Coonrod’s appointment is a culmination of her years of civic service to her district and surrounding communities in Chattanooga.
Before her election to the Council, Coonrod served as the President of the Eastdale Neighborhood Association where she worked along with her community for numerous improvements, including a push for long-awaited infrastructure improvements to the Wilcox Tunnel. Outside of her district, Councilwoman Coonrod served the broader Chattanooga community as Vice Chairwoman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, a board member for Causeway, a member of the Community Development Advisory Board, and a Sportsbarn board member.
Councilwoman Coonrod is a Chattanooga local, having grown up in East Chattanooga and graduating from Chattanooga High School in 1993. She earned associate and bachelor degrees in sociology from Chattanooga State Community College in 2012 and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2015, a first generation college graduate. Councilwoman Coonrod was also previously a local business owner.
Today, the councilwoman is a member of the Chattanooga Chamber’s Leadership Chattanooga class of 2019, serves as chair of the City Council’s Youth and Family Development Committee, is an inaugural member of the Hamilton County Schools leadership program, an Executive Committeewoman for the Tennessee Democratic Party, and was recently appointed to serve on the National League of Cities’ Race, Equity and Leadership Council. She is also actively engaged with many local advocacy groups working towards improved economic mobility for the people of Chattanooga, especially those in underrepresented communities of color.