Howard Gentry currently serves as the Criminal Court Clerk of Davidson County. He is also on a variety of boards and councils around Nashville, including the Boy Scouts of America Nashville District and the Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools, Inc.
Gentry earned both a B.S. and Master’s degree from Tennessee State University, where he later served as Athletic Director and VP for Community Relations and Development for 15 years. He began his professional career in banking and worked as a CEO Backfield in Motion, a nonprofit that inspires inner-city boys to succeed using both athletics and academics.
He was elected three times to county public office, served as Metro Council’s first African American Councilman-at-Large, and was elected Nashville-Davidson County’s first African American Vice Mayor.