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

Rachel Canter


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

MacKenzie Hines

Chief of

As Chief of Staff, MacKenzie supports the effective operations of the organization. She also directs Mississippi First’s communications.

Toren Ballard

Director of K-12

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

Brooke Williams

Policy and Communications

Brooke is responsible for assisting all Mississippi First directors in reviewing policy and data, supporting advocacy, communications, engagement activities directed towards policymakers and stakeholders.