Interim Executive Director
Mississippi Development Authority
John Rounsaville has a long career of serving the people of Mississippi, dating back to his various roles for Representative Charles W. “Chip” Pickering from 1998 to 2003. After serving as Rep. Pickering’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Rounsaville joined Governor Haley Barbour’s office as Policy Advisor from 2004 to 2006. He was then appointed by President George W. Bush as State Director for USDA Rural Development from 2006 to 2008. He served as Vice President of Strategic Services for Waggoner Engineering, Inc. following that from 2008 to 2017.
Appointed by President Donald Trump, he served as State Director for USDA Rural Development. Rounsaville holds various distinctions for his military service, including the Air Force Meritorious Service, Commendation, and Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, and Mississippi War Medal. He also currently serves a JAG and Major at the 186th in the Mississippi Air Force National Guard. A graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s, as well as a Juris Doctor from University of Mississippi, he has consistently delivered for Mississippi throughout his career.