Evelyn Gill is serving in her first term on the Knox County Commission, having been elected to represent District 1 in August, 2016. Commissioner Gill serves as the Chair of the Insolvency Board, Vice-Chair of Finance, and serves on Education, Rules, and Cable committees. A resident of Knox County for twenty-four years, she has been a community advocate focusing on economic & community development, women’s rights, pension equity, and education. She continues to be an active community leader in voter education, women empowerment, and community sustainability.
Commissioner Gill earned her Master's degree in Public Administration at Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tougaloo College in Mississippi.
A retired educator with more than 15 years of teaching experience, Commissioner Gill has received numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year Awards from Community Shares and 100 Black Men of Oak Ridge, as well as the 2017 Susan B. Anthony Award from the Tennessee Education Association for promoting educational equity, opportunity and achievement for teachers and students.
Evelyn and her husband, Michael, live in the historic neighborhood of Park City with their two cats Keith and Al. In her spare time Evelyn is an avid gardener, vintage clothing aficionado, and jewelry designer.
Geographically, District 1 includes Holston Hills, East Knoxville, Alice Bell, Downtown Knoxville, Fort Sanders, Mechanicsville, Beaumont, Lonsdale, and West view, Marble City communities.