Sally Avery first joined the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development in 2010 as an intern for the Research Division. She returned to the Department in 2012 and currently serves as the Director of CERT (Center for Economic Research in Tennessee). In this role, Sally leads a team of research professionals that carry out the Department’s mission through providing research to support informed decisions and strategic competitiveness across the state. Sally formed the CERT team’s brand in 2016 in an effort to make the team’s research available to a wider audience through an online portfolio of research papers, development of a transparency dashboard platform, and other outreach efforts. Sally’s team has a tremendous amount of respect for her and they have thrived under her direction and support. Sally earned her degree in International Economic Development from Sewanee: The University of the South and lives in Nashville with her husband, Thomas.