Kimberly Hilliard, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Kimberly Hilliard, Ph.D., serves as the founding Executive Director for Community Engagement.  Dr. Hilliard, a native of Washington, D.C., holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University, a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and obtained her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University.

Hilliard provides leadership in connecting the University with local, state, and federal agencies, community-based organizations, and local residents and businesses.  With over 25 years of experience, she has an extensive knowledge base in (1) technical leadership in urban and rural development; (2) federal and state land use and environmental regulatory documentation; (3) historic preservation in inner-city communities; (4) neighborhood revitalization with diverse socio-economic populations; (5) local economic development, and (6) communicative planning practices.


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Alondria Owens 
Administrative Assistant


Alondria Owens serves as the Administrative Assistant, handling day-to-day office operations.  Ms. Owens holds a B.S. degree from Belhaven University.

Center for University-Based Development

Jason Brookins Director 601-979-5802
Clara Collier Assistant to the Director 601-979-5887
Bobby Pamplin Community Development Grants Manager 601-979-5835
Heather Wilcox Neighborhood Development Manager 601-979-5828


Department of Events

LaTonya Boyd Administrative Assistant 601-979-7141
Douglas Stringfellow Technical Director 601-979-7141
Shannon Easter Events Coordinator – Internal 601-979-1732
Felix Anderson Events Coordinator – External 601-979-1031
Kimberly Turner Customer Care Associate 601-979-1033


 Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coaltion

Velesha Williams Director 601-979-1402
Linda Adams Administrative Assistant 601-979-1417
Terry Bennett Prevention Specialist 601-979-1195
DeMartinez Simmons Prevention Specialist II 601-979-1196
Pablo Williams Prevention Specialist 601-979-1403
Angela Williams Program Coordinator 601-979-1404
Henry Thompson Program Coordinator 601-979-1416
Carroll Frazier Office Manager 601-979-1197


Welcome Center

Gwen Caples Director 601-979-0886
Latona Banks Administrative Assistant 601-979-0883
Serita Washington Tour Guide/Receptionist 601-979-0403


One University Place

Lauren Jones Property Manger 769-233-8180