Corinne Gould serves as Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. In that role, she oversees internal and external communications and provides administrative support for media relations, policy development, and all agency programs. She also supervises the public affairs team and regional staff, in addition to administering the Tennessee Agricultural Museum.
Corinne joined TDA in 2014 and worked diligently to expand the department’s visibility, relevance, and outreach to the public. She has been recognized by her peers for developing communication strategies during crises and for dramatically increasing the media’s usage of department-generated information and collateral. In 2019, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture honored Corinne for outstanding work in public communications resulting in improved understanding of agriculture.
Prior to TDA, Corinne enjoyed a decade-long career in television news. As a producer at the NBC affiliate in Nashville, she helped shape the coverage of historical and life-changing events in Middle Tennessee. She won a regional Emmy award and was nominated for a national Emmy award for breaking news coverage of the floods that devastated the region in 2010. The recognition was particularly personal for Corinne, who lost her own farm to the rising water. That experience and the support she received from the community solidified her commitment to serving the citizens of Tennessee.
Agriculture has always been close to Corinne’s heart. She has been riding horses since she was first able to hold the reins, and she credits the Tennessee 4-H program for developing her knowledge and horsemanship skills. In addition to riding, showing, and raising American Quarter Horses, Corinne also travels the country announcing horse shows.
A native of Rhea County, Corinne obtained her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and graduated magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute and enjoys volunteering as a board member for Cul2vate, the Tennessee 4-H Alumni and Friends, and the Communication Officers of State Departments of Agriculture organizations.