Rotary Club of Nashville names Olivia Leow as next Executive Director

The Rotary Club of Nashville, the third largest Rotary Club in the world, has named Olivia Leow its next Executive Director. Leow, who has served as Vice President of Member Value at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for the past eight years, will succeed Suzanne Buchanan. Buchanan is retiring effective June 30 after serving as the Club’s Executive Director for 31 years. 

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to lead the Downtown Rotary Club of Nashville. This club has an impressive history of engaging business and community leaders who truly believe in service above self,” said Leow. “I am excited about continuing my career working with people who are just as passionate as I am about serving Nashville’s vibrant and diverse community.” Leow will join the organization on May 13 to work alongside Buchanan before assuming the Executive Director position.

“We’re excited that Olivia is coming on board as Executive Director,” said Ronald Roberts, Downtown Nashville Rotary Club President. “Her experience and knowledge of the Nashville community will continue to build on the tradition and success started by Suzanne Buchanan. Olivia has a long history of commitment to service, and that’s a cornerstone of our Club.”

Under Leow’s guidance, the Nashville Chamber successfully increased member retention by creating Midtown and Downtown Nashville Area Advisory Councils, initiating the President’s Table, the Small and Diverse Business Forum, the Leadership Connect initiative and the Regional Impact Awards.

Prior to her current role with the Chamber, Leow planned events and cultivated corporate sponsors for the ALS Association of Tennessee. She is also an active community volunteer, serving as a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters, participating in Book Em’s Read Me Week and serving in several leadership roles at West End United Methodist Church.