Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed deputy state treasurer Laura D. Jackson executive director of the Department of Finance and Administration.
Jackson replaces Kevin Upchurch, who is retiring. Jackson will manage more than 400 employees and be responsible for the management of the state’s budget. She will also serve as the state’s fiscal officer.
Jackson has more than 27 years of experience in state government. She has served as deputy state treasurer since January 2012. Before that, Jackson was DFA’s bond advisory director. From 2002-2008, she was the bond and collateral director in the office of the state treasurer.
Jackson began her career in the state auditor’s office, where she eventually rose to audit supervisor, responsible for the state’s comprehensive annual financial report. Jackson received an associate of arts from Hinds Community College, and a bachelor of science in business administration and an MBA from Mississippi College.
Jackson and her husband live in Clinton. They have three children.
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