EPB recently named Hodgen Mainda the new vice president of community development.

Mainda will be charged with strengthening EPB’s community engagement by working with both public and private partners on environmental stewardship, education, entrepreneurship and other community-oriented efforts.

“EPB takes great pride in pursuing our mission of enhancing the lives of the people we serve,” President and CEO David Wade said in a prepared statement. “Under Hodgen’s leadership, we will establish a comprehensive strategy for our community developments efforts. Our goal is to magnify the positive impact of EPB’s engagement by doing a better job of connecting the dots among our partnerships and initiatives.”


Mainda said he’s looking forward to the challenges of the new position.

“I feel very fortunate to work for EPB, where my professional mission of a local community development is completely aligned with my personal mission of working for the greater good of the people of my adopted hometown,”Mainda said. “EPB is already very involved in this community, and I look forward to doing my part to further enhance those efforts.”

A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Mainda moved to Tennessee in 1997 for college and then moved to Chattanooga to pursue a career. He and his wife, Amber, have two children.