Harris named Mississippi Main Street Director of Grants and Special Projects

Photo: Lindsey Harris (Courtesy photo)

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) announced that Lindsey Harris of Jackson, Miss. has been hired as the new Director of Grants and Special Projects for the statewide organization.

In this role, Harris will provide leadership and coordination for the development, writing, administration, and management of grants and other funds for MMSA, including acquiring and administering federal, state, regional, local, and private sector funding to support MMSA and its member communities.

Harris will assume project management responsibilities for MMSA’s existing grant funded projects, including ongoing strategic planning work funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

In addition, the position manages the implementation of all special projects for MMSA, including reporting, record keeping, compliance, financial management, closeout documentation, and administration.

Harris brings to MMSA experience in statewide non-profit grant writing, funding development, and project administration. She most recently served as the Director of Development and Assistant Director of Development for the Mississippi Children’s Museum beginning in 2019. She also served as the interim Communications Director for the Mississippi Arts Commission from 2017-2018 and previously served as the communications director for several other entities. 

“We are so excited to welcome Lindsey to the MMSA team,” said Thomas Gregory, MMSA Executive Director. “Lindsey’s experience in non-profit grant writing and project administration will allow MMSA to enhance the quality of community services that we provide to our local Main Street programs across the state of Mississippi.”

Harris is originally from Aberdeen, Miss. and received a B.S. in English and minor in Political Science from the University of Mississippi in 2011. 

Harris will be based in Jackson and will travel the state in her new position, representing MMSA in its member communities and providing technical assistance to communities.

“On behalf of the MMSA Board of Directors, we are so glad to have Lindsey on the MMSA staff and know her experience will enhance the services we bring to our local programs,” said Michelle Jones, MMSA Board President.

Lindsey Harris (Courtesy photo)

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