Elizabeth Rowland Announces Candidacy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 27, 2020
ELIZABETH ROWLAND ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY
FOR STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 16
Knoxville, TN – Knoxville non-profit founder, policy analyst, community advocate, and entrepreneur Elizabeth Rowland announces her candidacy for Tennessee State House of Representatives, District 16. Elizabeth is the only candidate in the Democratic primary; therefore, she will participate in the August 6th primary election and November 3rd general election.
Elizabeth is a Knox County native whose 20-year career in policy, government, law, and business has taken her across the state of Tennessee, the United States, and to the other side of the world. She is a collaborator, a problem-solver, and an advocate. Her mother, a former registered nurse and retired lawyer - and her father, a former US Army Captain, Vietnam War veteran, lawyer, and Tennessee State Representative - inspired Elizabeth’s inclination for public service.
Most recently at the state level, Elizabeth founded a non-profit with a mission to educate and connect people in Tennessee that do business with China. As executive director, she led the organization for over five years in its efforts to boost exports, attract Chinese investment, and create jobs right here in Tennessee. The organization’s programming and services have benefited thousands of business people, companies, educational institutions, and students in Knoxville and across the state, by facilitating ground-up economic development and improved international business readiness. Separately at the local level, Elizabeth has volunteered and collaborated with various community organizations to advocate for equitable, consensus solutions to important challenges our city faces.
“Now more than ever during this time of pandemic and economic uncertainty, Tennessee needs knowledgeable, collaborative leadership that unites us to get through this difficult time together. Leadership that listens to the people. And leadership that takes action. That is the type of leader I will be for the residents of Tennessee State House District 16,” says Elizabeth Rowland.
Elizabeth Rowland was born and raised on a farm in Knox County, Tennessee. She attended Bluegrass Elementary School, Farragut Middle School, and Farragut High School. In spring 2015, she moved to District 16, purchasing a home in Fountain City, where she lives with her fiancé, Jarrad Antczak, and their three chickens, Rosie, Martha, and Mango. She received both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, respectively.