Jackson, MS – The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) announced that Jerome Brown, an advocate for financial and economic literacy for Mississippi teachers and students, has been selected to Chair the Board of Directors. MCEE is one of the nation’s leading state councils for economic education dedicated to increasing economic and financial literacy in Mississippi by providing resources and training to K-12 educators, empowering students to create a more prosperous future for themselves and Mississippi. MCEE is the only organization in the state of Mississippi with a mission to provide economic, personal finance and entrepreneurship professional development for K-12 educators.
As Board Chair, Jerome’s primary focus will be leading the organization’s growth and capacity-building initiatives; concentrating on strategic planning, priority setting, and creating a roadmap for ongoing execution and continued growth in years to come.
Jerome has been a member of the MCEE Board of Directors since 2014 and has been deeply involved in the initiatives to promote MCEE’s growth and impact.
“I have been very proud of the work that the council provides in the State of Mississippi and honored to have been selected as Chair by the board to lead such an impeccable organization”, said Brown.
Currently, Brown is Executive Vice President at The First, A National Banking Association, headquartered in Hattiesburg. At The First, Jerome oversees community development activities and corporate social responsibility of The First’s five state footprint of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. This position establishes, participates and maintains relationships with local governments, community based, charitable, and non-profit organizations.
Brown is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and a product of the Hattiesburg Public Schools System. He graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor in Business Administration majoring in Marketing. Jerome furthered his studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Management. He is also a graduate of the University of Mississippi’s School of Banking with the Mississippi Bankers Association. Brown also holds a certification from the True South Economic Development Course from the University of Southern Mississippi. Brown is a part of numerous organizations such as the Early Childhood Investment Council and is also currently the president of the Hattiesburg Public School District Foundation.
“Jerome is an outstanding advocate for economic and personal finance education for Mississippi educators and students. With his diverse network, respect among Mississippi business leaders, business background, and expertise in board leadership, Jerome will continue to solidify MCEE’s role as one of our nation’s leading state councils for economic and personal finance literacy. I am delighted to be working with him over the next year to implement innovative programs that will help Mississippians continue to rise,” said Selena Swartzfager, MCEE president.