Tim Kelly

United States |  Mayor, Chattanooga, Tennessee


Tim Kelly is an American politician and businessman who serves as the 74th mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kelly is a 1985 graduate of Baylor School in Chattanooga. He was a John Jay Scholar, and majored in German Comparative Literature at Columbia University, graduating in 1989. Kelly returned to school in 2012, earning his MBA at Emory University in Atlanta.

Before taking office, Kelly served as chairman of the board for the Chattanooga Football Club, which he co-founded. He also founded, owned or operated a number of other businesses. As a civic leader, Kelly has served on boards for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga, the Benwood Foundation, River City Company, Allied Arts (now ArtsBuild), Chattanooga 2.0, and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, among others.

Kelly won the mayoral runoff election on April 13, 2021, with 60 percent of the vote and was inaugurated on April 19, 2021.

Kelly was an event speaker at the Dialogue.