Kirsten Yates has been selected as senior advisor for communications and digital strategy by Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. Yates will manage the mayor’s office of communications as well as work with the mayor, chief of staff, and other senior administration officials. Before joining the city of Chattanooga, Yates served as a health communication specialist for the Centers for Disease Control an Prevention’s (CDC) new Division of Viral Diseases. She also worked for the CDC has a health communications specialist, as communications director for the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code, and as a marketing specialist for the Grady Health system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Vanderbilt University and a master’s of public health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.