[Ward Schaefer interviews Executive Director Rachel Hicks as JFP’s Jacksonian of the Week.]

Rachel Hicks by Ward Schaefer

Jackson Free Press–January 13, 2010

Rachel Hicks will not be ignored. The Belhaven resident is co-founder and executive director of Mississippi First, a fledgling non-profit organization focused on education policy that will move the state from last—where it often lands in national measures for education—to first place.

Only 27, Hicks “finagled”—as she puts it—her way this fall onto the state’s advisory committee for Race to the Top, a competitive federal program that rewards states for enacting education reforms. Though the committee is stacked with veteran education leaders, Hicks is not content to sit on the sidelines.

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