Nashville Davidson County voters have twice chosen Vivian to serve as the city’s Assessor of Property, a position in which she currently serves, making her the city’s first African American Assessor of Property and Tennessee’s third African American Assessor of Property in the state’s history. Vivian also served two terms on the Nashville Metro Council from 2003-2011, representing Southeast District 29.
After graduating from two-time Grammy Award Winning Tennessee State University (TSU), Vivian started her career as a Real Estate Appraiser at the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA). She later became Chief of the Consumer Services Division and advanced to become TRA’s statewide representative for Consumer Education & Outreach where she helped consumers make informed decisions about their utility services.
Under Vivian’s leadership, the Office of the Assessor of Property, a team of more than 80 professionals, received the prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration from the International Association of Assessing Officers, a national/international organization with approximately 8,000 members in the assessment profession. The Assessor of Property Vivian Wilhoite and her amazing staff are responsible for the identifying and valuing all taxable properties (commercial, residential, and personal) for ad valorem tax purposes. The Office of the Assessor of Property was also selected as a finalist for the Nashville Business Journal’s 2022 Best of Business Awards.
Vivian and her family are active members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She and her husband Larry are the proud parents of two adult sons, Pherius and Lelan, and their beloved dogs, Shih Tzu-Bella, and Doodle-Teddy.
Vivian lives by the adage: “Do all of the good you can, in every way you can, for all of the people you can, while you can.”