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Lesley Davis named interim CEO of MCPP after departure of Jon Pritchett


The Mississippi Center for Public Policy announced today that its CEO, Jon Pritchett, is leaving at the end of July. Board member Lesley Davis, a lawyer, activist, and native Mississippian, will serve as interim CEO while the Board conducts a national search for a replacement.

Pritchett is returning to his home state of North Carolina and to the private sector as the president of a tech company.

During Pritchett’s tenure, MCPP experienced record levels of financial support for the organization, the expansion of constitutional litigation through the Mississippi Justice Institute, and unprecedented growth of its statewide and national thought leadership.

Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts from Mississippi State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. She has worked as a law clerk and attorney for the late Honorable Arlin M. Adams, U.S. Office of Independent Counsel, Washington D.C. She later served as a partner in a leading Baltimore law firm.

In addition to the MCPP Board, Davis serves on numerous boards including the Cline Centers, MSU Alumni Advisory, MSU Honors College, Delta Gamma Fraternity Jackson Alumnae Chapter, Bully Bloc Executive Committee, Young Life Executive Committee, and the Jackson Preparatory School’s Global Leadership Institute.

Davis is married to Dr. John D. Davis IV. They have three children and are members of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.


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