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Governor Reeves appoints Laura Hipp as Interim Executive Director of MDA

By: Anne Summerhays - September 1, 2021

Hipp worked for 10 years as an award-winning reporter in Mississippi and Texas. 

Laura Hipp has been appointed by Governor Tate Reeves as the Interim Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Her appointment comes after former director John Rounsaville resigned earlier this month following an investigation into his conduct.

Laura Hipp has served as chief marketing officer for MDA. In that role, she oversees marketing and communication for economic development and tourism. She was director of communications for Reeves and previously served as director of communications for former Governor Haley Barbour.

“I am grateful for this opportunity from Gov. Reeves, and the MDA team will continue to build on its success bringing jobs to Mississippi’s communities and attracting tourists to wander through our state and see all it has to offer,” said Hipp.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: