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Trina George was appointed on June 29, 2009, by President Barak Obama to serve as Mississippi’s State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development. She has made history by being the first woman appointed in this position for the State of Mississippi. In her new role, she 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.

Prior to this appointment, she served for 15 years as a Special Projects Coordinator for Congressman Bennie Thompson where she resolved community and constituency issues by thinking inside, outside and around the box. Her hands-on experience in the Congressional Office served as an ideal prerequisite for her role in rural economic development and community participation for the State of Mississippi.

She serves on many civic organizations, including education and volunteer groups. She is actively involved in the community where she is a Board Member for the Heart of the South Girl Scouts Council which serves Northern Mississippi and Southern Tennessee, Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and PI Alpha Alpha Honor Society. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mississippi Valley State University and a 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 Training Institute of America in Washington, D.C.

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. Rural Development is an agency that the Obama Administration wants to see in the forefront of efforts to promote renewable energy and conservation of natural resources while ensuring a safe, sustainable, nutritious food supply through the Agency’s cooperatives for present and future users.