2010 Annual  Policy Conference Presentations

Reaching for Prosperity:
Creating Equitable Solutions for Mississippi’s Working Families

Opening Plenary:


  • Jon Shure, Deputy Director of the State Fiscal Project Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Marty Wiseman, Director John C. Stennis Institute of Government
  • Darrin Webb, State EconomistInstitutions of Higher Learning (IHL)
  • Algernon Austin, Director; Race, Ethnicity and the Economy Program Economic Policy Institute

Breakout Sessions:

  Session A: Budget & Tax
After ARRA: Setting Priorities to Keep Mississippi’s Recovery on Track
Moderator: Ed Sivak, Executive Director Mississippi Economic Policy Center


  • Marianne Hill, Senior Economist Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
  • Sara Miller, Senior Analyst Mississippi Economic Policy Center
  Session B: Health Care Reform in Mississippi
Moderator:  Hanna, Executive Director Center for Mississippi Health Policy


 Session C: The High Cost of Being Poor: Lending Reform in Mississippi
Moderator: Antwyn Brown, Policy Analyst, Mississippi Economic Policy Center


  • Jennifer Johnson, Senior Legislative Counsel, Center for Responsible Lending
  • Paheadra Robinson, Director of Consumer Protection, Mississippi Center For Justice
 Session D: Moving Toward Self Sufficiency: Preparing Mississippi’s Workforce
Moderator: Sarah Welker, Policy Analyst, Mississippi Economic Policy


  • Jack Mills, Director, National Network of Sector Partners,  Insight Center for Community Economic Development
  • LaNell Kellum, Director of Career and Technical Education, State Board of Community & Junior Colleges

2010 Conference Program (printable pdf)

2010 Conference Photo Gallery