Staff

Tracey McCartney, Executive Director

Tracey McCartney joined the Tennessee Fair Housing Council in February 1998. Tracey is an attorney, admitted to the bars of both Alabama and Tennessee. She received a law degree from the University of Alabama in 1995. While in law school, she worked for 2½ years as a clerk/advocate for the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, where she gained valuable fair housing experience dealing with group homes/zoning and reasonable accommodation issues.

In September 1995, she became one of the inaugural employees of the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center, which was established in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1995 under a FHIP grant to the National Fair Housing Advocate to start three new fair housing groups. Tracey’s duties at the center included complaint intake and investigation, testing and education and outreach.

During her time at the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center, Tracey coordinated 516 individual testing visits in the areas of rental, sales and mortgage lending and assisted with 48 individual insurance tests. She also handled 141 individual complaints of housing discrimination (in addition to the hundreds of inquiries that implicated landlord-tenant or some other non-discrimination issue and were referred elsewhere), providing counseling on the law, testing, other types of investigation, conciliation, referral to HUD for investigation and referral to attorneys for litigation. She recruited and trained 90 testers for the center's enforcement program.

Since joining the Tennessee Fair Housing Council in February 1998, Tracey has overseen the day-to-day operations of the office. Her duties include setting the broad direction of the agency; supervising the enforcement staff on testing, case intake and litigation; and supervising the operation of the National Fair Housing Advocate web site at http://www.fairhousing.com. She has received extensive training in fair housing from the National Fair Housing Alliance and at conferences sponsored by HUD and the John Marshall Law School.

Charity Miles Williams

Charity Miles Williams is a staff attorney at the Tennessee Fair Housing Council (TFHC), where her primary focus is on housing discrimination. Her primary role is providing representation to persons who are currently facing or who have faced housing discrimination. She also provides outreach and education to assist those in the community on fair housing rights under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Prior to joining the TFHC, Charity was a contract attorney working in the Family Law Unit in the Nashville office of Legal Aid of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and a general practitioner in the Murfreesboro office. She began her legal career in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she worked for Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) and developed a specialty in Housing Law, specifically landlord-tenant, and assisted in domestic violence representation on the Order of Protection docket in Knox County. She spent countless hours researching and advocating for individuals and families faced with housing discrimination. In addition, her time at LAET afforded her the opportunity to attend Fair Housing trainings and present trainings on Fair Housing and the Landlord-Tenant Act. She also served on the Board for the Equality Coalition for Housing Opportunities (ECHO), whose mission is to promote equality in all aspects of the housing industry. In that role, she assisted in planning ECHO’s yearly Fair Housing conference.

In addition to her role as an attorney, Charity is actively involved in several community and legal organizations. She is active in both the local and State Bar Associations. She has served as Co-Chair of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services Housing and Consumer Task Force. She is also a graduate of Leadership Knoxville and the 2015 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law class. Charity was the 2013 recipient of the TALS New Advocate of the Year Award. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University and a dual degree graduate of University of Tennessee College of Law (Juris Doctorate) and College of Arts and Science (Masters of Public Administration).

Tanya Rodriguez, Assistant Director

Tanya Rodriguez joined the Council staff in February 2009. She moved here from Chicago, Ill., in 1993 and has been involved in the real estate market in Nashville since 1998.

Tanya, who is English/Spanish bilingual, has been a member of several organizations, including the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the Williamson County Board of Realtors. Her involvement has helped her further educate the growing Hispanic community of Middle Tennessee on available resources and on purchasing and lending practices.