Corinne Gould, Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs
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 relations team and regional staff and administers the Tennessee Agricultural Museum.
Corinne joined the department in 2014 as deputy director for public affairs. She ultimately took on the role of director of communications which included managing the department’s rapidly growing social media platforms and expansion of photographic and video contributions.
Prior to TDA, Gould enjoyed a decade-long career in television news. As a producer at the NBC affiliate in Nashville, Corinne 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. Horses are her passion and she’s been riding since she was first able to hold the reins. She credits the Tennessee 4-H program for developing her knowledge and she enjoys volunteering with the program that has given her so much. In addition to riding, showing and raising American Quarter Horses, Corinne also travels the country announcing horse shows.
A native of Rhea County in southeast Tennessee, Corinne obtained her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and graduated magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University. She is also a graduate of the 2015 Tennessee Government Executive Institute. She serves on the TGEI Steering Committee and as communications coordinator for her class. In addition, she is a board member of the Tennessee FFA Foundation and a mentor to high school students through the tnAchieves program.
When she isn’t riding a horse or snow skiing, you’ll find her hiking the trails of Tennessee with her two German Shorthaired Pointers.