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Lolita M. Ross, MPPA, PMP

Director of Mississippi Initiatives – Mississippi
Lolita M. Ross, MPPA, PMP

“We have an opportunity to restore a sense of community. To support and engage in activities that create equitable opportunities that help individuals and families live healthier, better lives. So that when we pass our neighbor on the street and ask; “How are you doing today” they can reply; ”I am fine” and for some, for the first time, they will really mean it.”

As Director of Mississippi Initiatives, Ms. Ross leads the management and implementation of CommonHealth ACTION’s Mississippi-focused technical assistance efforts. She brings a wealth of experience in the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors managing large programs in the public’s interest. Ms. Ross holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University. As a certified project management professional (PMP) Ms. Ross has 16 years of program management experience in economic & community development, social services, transportation, and public health.

Prior to joining CommonHealth ACTION, Ms. Ross served as Government Programs Manager for McKesson Health Solutions where she lead in the successful implementation of statewide disease management and chronic care programs for eligible Medicaid beneficiaries in Mississippi, Florida, and Texas as well as management of a nurse advice line program supporting U.S. military families (Tri-Care) overseas.

Before transitioning to the corporate sector Ms. Ross was Executive Director for the Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies providing technical assistance, capacity building, and advocacy for 20 agencies throughout the state administering programs such as Head Start, Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), Rural Transportation, and Home-Deliver Meals to under-resourced Mississippians. In this role, she was able to establish the first full-time office, increasing awareness and support for the member agencies as well as for the programs they administered. During her tenure, Mississippi was awarded the National Community Service Award by the National Community Action Foundation. Ms. Ross was instrumental in helping to establish a state asset building coalition to support the use of individual development accounts (IDA’s).

Ms. Ross has held several other positions including with the City of Jackson Redevelopment Authority and as a Program Analyst with the Mississippi Center for Technology Transfer. Ms. Ross holds in great regard her commitment to volunteerism and community service by serving on numerous boards and committees including her current service on the Board of Directors of Hinds County Human Resource Agency and long-time elementary school mentor in Jackson.