Artist/Musician Author Autism Disability Trainer Education Advocate Parent

Ned Andrew Solomon

Ned Andrew Solomon was the director of the Tennessee Partners in Policymaking® Leadership Institute for the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities from 2000 to 2019.

He is the father of three, now-adult children with disabilities, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University.

Ned Andrew Solomon is an engaging speaker who has been presenting trainings, workshops and conference breakout sessions for 20 years. Because Ned Andrew has been a conference coordinator himself, and has recruited hundreds of presenters, he’s seen first hand  what makes audiences react positively, and negatively, to speakers and their topics. He’s worked hard to incorporate the best aspects of what he’s experienced into his typically interactive “conversations” with audiences.

Ned Andrew Solomon is an artist, writer, editor, and musician. Born in New York City in 1957, Ned Andrew lived in New York State for 18 years before moving to Baltimore, Maryland in 1975, to attend the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University. For several years during and following his education at Hopkins, Ned’s bands No Mercy, Poetic Justice, and Economy – which featured his original compositions – performed at several Baltimore live music venues. In 1988, Ned Andrew moved to Nashville, TN to pursue a career as a songwriter.

As fortune would have it, Ned Andrew did not continue with his aspirations in the music business, but did progress in his career as a freelance writer, with work published in over 20 magazines, newspapers, newsletters and websites.

On December 30, 2019, Ned Andrew retired from his “day job” as Director of Partners in Policymaking for the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. In that work, Ned facilitated leadership trainings for individuals with disabilities and family members of persons with disabilities, traveled around the state presenting on a variety of topics to audiences of all ages, and was the editor-in-chief of Breaking Ground magazine. He now spends his time working on projects for organizations whose missions inspire him, giving presentations around the country, and playing the Martin guitar he’s had since 1971.

Ned Andrew lives in Brentwood, TN, and is married to Gina Lynette, who is an artist, writer, singer, life coach, and organizational consultant. He and Gina have four kids, Gilly, Berns, Lizzy, and Skye; two grandsons, Phillip and Samuel; and two cats, Ollie and Darcy.


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