Our Staff

The Mississippi First team is a group of dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to promote the mission of Mississippi First.

Rachel Canter

Executive Director

Rachel leads the work of Mississippi First, including strategy, financial management, and decision-making.

MacKenzie Hines

Chief of Staff

MacKenzie supports the operations of the organization and directs Mississippi First’s communications.

Toren Ballard

Director of K-12 Policy

Toren assists Mississippi First in developing and enacting our K-12 policy agenda.

Brooke Williams

Associate Director of Communications

Brooke is responsible for developing, coordinating, and executing strategic communications efforts.

Micayla Tatum

Associate Director of Early Childhood Policy

Micayla supports Mississippi First in the development and execution of its early childhood policy agenda, with a particular focus on pre-K and child care.

Pheron Russell

Associate Director of Special Projects,
Principal Investor, and Charter School Programs Grant

Pheron is responsible for assisting and managing projects for the Mississippi First team, with a specific focus on charter schools.

Grace Breazeale

K-12 Policy Associate

Grace supports Mississippi First in implementing its K-12 policy agenda.

Our Board

The Board of Directors is the governing body of Mississippi First. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. Board members meet quarterly to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. They serve three-year terms and can serve two terms back-to-back.

Tim Abram, II
Board Chair

Catoria Martin
Board Treasurer

Kate Gluckman
Board Member