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

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.

Toni Johnson

Policy Coodinatortoni@mississippifirst.org601-398-9008

Toni supports each of our program areas, along with stakeholder engagement and advocacy.