2016-2017 Host Committee

Pete Jones (Chair), Chris Barrett, Libby Funke, Andy Faught, Kelsey Vines, Liz Cole, Jeffrey Zager, Kylee Byrd, Robin Robinson, Jeffrey Prather, and Sam Helgeson (MOBC liaison)

NextUP supports our mission through a Chairperson, Vice-Chair, and three Sub-Committees: Events, Marketing, and Membership; including a Past Chair.

NextUP Chairperson: Pete Jones

The NextUp Chairperson is responsible for leading NextUP towards the group mission. They convene all Host Committee meetings, and develop goals for members and set strategic vision with MOBC for the growth of the organization. The Committee Chair will serve a two-year term and be followed by another member of the NextUP Committee chosen by Martha O'Bryan Center's delegate. Other primary responsibilities include being the point person for fundraising and sponsorships, as well as accounting for funds and operational support. 

NextUP Vice-Chair:

The Vice-Chair works with the Chair to develop, organize, and direct the strategic vision of the NextUP committee. They will have a working knowledge of the Sub-Committee’s work more generally and ensure their work is fluidly incorporated into the vision established by the Chair.

Events Sub-Committee:

This includes the logistics of events such as Foodbank Throwdown, Open Hearts, Holiday Spirits, and any other events designed to garner support for and interest in the work of Martha O’Bryan Center. This will entail finding locations for events, setting agendas, developing a list of volunteer and donation needs, coordinating with committee members to disseminate information, updating websites and blogs, helping provide content for social media, etc.

Marketing Sub-Committee:

Coordinate with Events Team to create the overall marketing messages for each event and reach out to press for coverage both before and after the event. This focus will also maintain awareness of other events in Nashville where NextUP members should be involved such as YP Nashville, 40 Under 40, NELA, etc. Finally, this team will provide the designs for collateral and marketing initiatives. This team will also help to create press releases for new committee members.

The Marketing team will also utilize Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to highlight the work being done by NextUP and Martha O'Bryan Center. This includes regular, consistent, and strategic posts on various social media sites on a proactive basis.

Membership Sub-Committee:

Strategically discuss NextUP and recruit young professionals to become part of NextUP membership or to join the NextUP committee. This sub-committee is also responsible for planning happy hour mixers and outings for the Committee and those interested in joining. Our organization's ability to serve the community, support Martha O'Bryan Center, and develop leaders capable of serving beyond NextUP is directly related to the size and strength of our organization's membership base. This group will develop a list of "members" to send out updates and events, build relationships with other young professional groups, attend networking events, etc.

Benefits of Membership

Help an organization that is changing the face of Nashville by breaking the line between poverty and potential. Below are some perks to provide value to our young professional volunteers:

  • Strengthens your resume in strategic places with focused areas of interest
  • Press release submitted when joining the committee
  • Nomination for Members for the Emerging Leaders Award and 40 Under 40, among others
  • Stepping stone to a Board position at Martha O'Bryan Center or other area non-profits
  • Network with other community-minded young professionals

Events and Meetings

There are several events and meetings throughout the year to increase awareness of Martha O’Bryan Center and raise funds/donations.  These include:

  • Host Committee Meetings Monthly
  • Open Hearts in February
  • Foodbank Throwdown in Spring
  • College Bound Bash in July
  • Career Days in Fall
  • Holiday Spirits in December
  • Various Happy Hour Fun


New committee members will attend a MOBC orientation to learn more about the charity we work to support. This entails a tour of Martha O'Bryan Center. We will also provide a packet of information on each program, as well as the events and meetings that are held each year. The orientation will last approximately 60 minutes.