Chattanooga community grieving the loss of former Urban League CEO Warren Logan


    The Chattanooga community is grieving the loss of former Urban League CEO and President Warren Logan, who passed away last Saturday. He was 73.

    Mr. Logan headed the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga for more than 25 years, before retiring from the civil rights group at the end of 2020. He also served as chair of Tennessee Urban League Affiliates (TULA), a state-wide collaborative focused on leveraging social and economic changes throughout the state of Tennessee–and in particular, the major urban centers of Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville.

    Mr. Logan was a graduate of Tennessee State University and the Joseph Business School. In addition, he completed leadership development and continuing education training at the Duke University Center for Executive Leadership and a host of other institutions. 

    Prior to his Urban League career, heserved as a Tennessee Valley Authority manager of energy conservation programs and was executive director of the Office of Minority Business Enterprise and the statewide Business Development Centers.

    Mr. Logan served on the Electric Power Board for more than two decades and was elected chairman of the city-owned utility in July 2019. 

    He also served on the boards of CHI Memorial Hospital and the Chattanooga Advisory Board and previously was president of the Association of Executives (AOE) and the National Urban League (NUL), and was a member of the National Urban League board of trustees and executive committee. 
    Mr. Logan led a national African-American Leadership Delegation to Beijing, China, in 2012, a relationship-building and collaboration visit established by the Urban League and the Cultural Mission to China.

    Under Mr. Logan’s leadership from 1995 through 2020, the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga more than quadrupled its annual impact, serving over 14,000 individuals each year through a variety of support initiatives focused on education, entrepreneurship, workforce development, economic empowerment, and health and wellness. 

    He also helped launch the Inclusion by Design Executive Leadership Program, which is one of only two inclusion programs of its kind in the National Urban League affiliate network. The program focuses on equipping minority and female leaders to succeed in C-Suite executive positions.  

    Mr. Logan is survived by his wife Linda and two adult daughters. 

    At press time, arrangements had not yet been announced by the John P. Franklin Funeral Home in Chattanooga.