Lauren Rider - 4th District

City Recorder

Will Johnson
[email protected]
(865) 215-2075

400 Main St., Room 467
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Lauren RiderLauren Rider - 4th District
229 E. Scott Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917 
Phone: 865-964-3905
[email protected]
Term ends: December 2025

Lauren Rider was elected as City Councilwoman for the 4th District on November 7, 2017 and was sworn in on December 16, 2017. She was reelected in 2021 for another four year term and was sworn in on December 18, 2021.

Master of Library Science, Indiana University (2002)
Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Georgia State University (1997)

Lauren Rider, a resident of North Knoxville and native of Evans, Georgia, is active in the community and a faculty member at Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC), serving as the Librarian at their Division Street campus. She previously worked as a Research Librarian in Healthcare at Methodist Medical Center-Oak Ridge, the National Library of Medicine’s Go Local-Indiana project, and at Community Health Network of Indiana.

Swearing in ceremonyLauren contributed to revitalization efforts in North Knoxville by organizing and managing community-based efforts to re-build abandoned, condemned properties and return them to the tax rolls. She employed LEED and Energy Star building practices in her projects and worked through programs in the city’s Community Development Department: the Homemaker Program and the Blighted Property Redevelopment Program. Her efforts were recognized with several Knox Heritage awards, including the 2011 Knox Heritage Ronald E. Childress Award for Preservationist of the Year. To foster stability in the community, she continues to collaborate with businesses and neighborhoods on efforts to mitigate disinvestment and blighted properties.  

Lauren became active in the community working with neighbors on traffic calming, abandoned and blighted properties, a pocket park and solar installation, greenway clean-ups, crime prevention, and zoning issues.

She lives in North Knoxville with her husband, Steven Rider, a Neurologist at UTMC, their two sons, Finley, age 10, Hagen, age 8, and their two poodles, Camoodle and Spike.
Lauren's community service includes: KAT Community Advisory Committee, Knox County Library Advisory Board, Broadway Corridor Task Force, City of Knoxville Public Property Naming Committee, Old North Knoxville, Inc., City of Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory Council.