Council Member, Nashville Government |
Mr. Bedne was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 1983 he received his degree in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires. He came to the United States 28 years ago as part of Columbus Area International Program, a USA training program that
exchanges human services professionals from one country to another to develop and exchange ideas.
Mr. Bedne’s strong volunteer culture was nurtured by his parents who founded a Lions Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina over 50 years ago. Since a young age his parents engaged in helping the needy as a family affair. His involvement in politics goes back to his college years when he helped re-start the student union during the last year of the military dictatorship helping hasten the return to democracy. Having grown up in the middle of the dictatorship has shaped his profound love and commitment to the democratic process.
For over 35 years, he has been involved in community development projects. One of his first opportunities in the U.S. was to plan and execute the revitalization of an inner city neighborhood in Columbus Ohio. He began working in Nashville at an architectural firm in 1997 designing schools, offices and other buildings in Nashville and around the country.
He soon became involved in various volunteer community service projects, several of which included educational issues. He mentored school students in the YMCA Hispanic Achievers program and also worked with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Report Card on Metro Nashville Public Schools. Mr. Bedne was elected to Nashville’s Metro Council and is now on his second consecutive term. He is a partner on Organicus LLC, a residential design office.
Mr. Bedne is on the advisory board of the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and Historic Nashville, the board of Saint Thomas Health Foundation, the Tennessee Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition, and Oasis Center and on the National board of Hispanic Elected Local Officials, he is the Chair of the Planning Committee of the Metro Council. He is married to Mary-Linden Salter who is the Director of the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and Other Addiction Services. They have two children, son Gabriel, and Olivia. Mr. Bedne is a member of the Congregation Micah.