Justin Sweatman-Weaver, Community Engagement Specialist
As Alignment Nashville’s Community Engagement Specialist, Justin provides support to the Alignment Teams, made up of more than 300 members and 150 organizations. He plays an important role in fostering community partnerships and aligning resources around A-Team tactics to uplift and empower students, families, and educators in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Additionally, Justin manages communications and media engagement for Alignment Nashville. He enjoys expanding his knowledge and skills in this area and lending support to other communities in the Alignment USA network.
Prior to joining the Alignment Nashville team in 2017, Justin spent seven years working with anti-drug coalitions in Tennessee. While still a student at Tennessee Tech University, Justin volunteered as a youth organizer at Power of Putnam in Cookeville and soon worked his way to become assistant director of the organization. He was later appointed and served two years as the Executive Director of the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition in Gallatin, TN. As a state leader in substance abuse prevention, Justin mentored developing coalitions in Middle Tennessee and his hometown in Fentress County, and served as a voice for coalitions to the Tennessee General Assembly as Advocacy Officer for the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee.
In 2016, Justin received Nashville Pride’s Mark Manasco Community Service Award for his work with GLSEN Tennessee helping to ensure that K-12 schools are safe and inclusive for LGBTQ students. In his role as Board Chair of GLSEN Tennessee, Justin leads a statewide network of safe-schools organizers advocating on behalf of students and has trained countless educators and youth-serving professionals. To advance systemic supports for LGBTQ students, Justin is honored to collaborate with a number of organizations and networks including the Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth, TDOE Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, SADD National, and others.