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

The Board of Directors

LeKesha Perry

Board Chair

LeKesha joined the board in 2017, and this is the second year she has served as board chair.

Catoria Martin

Board Treasurer

Catoria joined the board in 2018, and this is the second year she has served as board treasurer.

Adam Smith

Board Member

Brett is serving his second term as a Mississippi First board member.

Brett Harris

Board Member

Brett is serving his second term as a Mississippi First board member.

Tim Abram, II

Board Member

Tim is serving his first term as a Mississippi First board member.

Kate Gluckman

Board Chair

Kate is serving her first term as a Mississippi First board member.

The Staff

Rachel Canter

Executive Directorrachel@mississippifirst.org601-398-9008

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

MacKenzie Hines

Chief of Staffmackenzie@mississippifirst.org662-743-4055

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 Policytoren@mississippifirst.org601-398-9008

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

Aerial Adams

Policy & Communications Fellowaerial@mississippifirst.org601-398-9008

Aerial is responsible for assisting in reviewing policy and data, supporting advocacy, communications, and engagement activities directed toward policymakers and stakeholders.