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Trina N. George was appointed on June 29, 2009, by President Barack Obama to serve as Mississippi's State Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development. George brings over 20 years of experience of working with an array of communities to identify and develop opportunities to match demographics interests with community needs to the Agency. Her appointment made history by being the first woman appointed in this position for the State of Mississippi.

Prior to this appointment, she served over 15 years as a Special Projects Coordinator/Field Representative for United States Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02) where she resolved community and constituency issues by thinking inside, outside, and around the box. Her hands-on experience of collaborating with federal, state and local governments in the Congressional office served as an ideal prerequisite for her role in rural community and economic development for the State of Mississippi.

She is actively involved in the community and has served on many civic organizations, including education and volunteer groups. Ms. George was a Board Member for the Heart of the South Girl Scout Council which serves Northern Mississippi and Southern Tennessee, Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and St. Peters Order of the Eastern Star No. 5. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mississippi Valley State University and Master’s Degree from Mississippi State University. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University. Also, she holds a professional certificate in management and leadership from the NeighborWorks America Training Institute in Washington, D.C.  During her tenure as USDA Rural Development State Director for Mississippi, she received a national award from USDA, the National 2014 Unsung Hero Award from the Organization of Professional Employees, USDA (OPEDA), the Delta Regional Authority's Delta’s Distinguished Award, as well as Holmes Community College’s Alumnus of the Year Award.  Ms. George recently received a statewide recognition from the Mississippi Business Journal as one of the 50 Leading Businesswomen in Mississippi.

She is an important advocate for rural communities throughout the state. She administers and manages over 40 programs which include housing, business and cooperative programs, community programs and community facilities which are designed to improve the quality of life in rural America. In her role, Ms. George is charged with assisting residents of rural Mississippi with a range of programs such as affordable housing, water systems upgrades, and economic development efforts. Rural Development also provides grant and loan assistance to local governments and non-profit organizations for fire and police protection as well as health clinics, libraries and other facilities for public use. She is an advocate for rural communities throughout the state to assist with their growth, development and sustainability.