Deputy Director Governmental Affairs and Chief Innovation Officer
Mississippi Development Authority
Jamie Miller serves as the deputy director for governmental affairs and chief innovation officer for the Mississippi Development Authority. In this position, Miller focuses primarily on local, state, federal and international government relations. With prior experience in the Governor’s Office of Disaster Recovery, he serves as disaster recovery administrator and oversees state-owned ports. Additionally, Miller coordinates with all Mississippi military installations on behalf of MDA, monitors all base realignment and closure activities, works with the Mississippi Military Communities Council, coordinates all university and federal research center relations for MDA, serves as liaison to the Delta Regional Authority and Appalachian Regional Commission and oversees statewide benchmarks and project performance initiatives.
Miller has public- and private-sector experience working in South Mississippi and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining MDA, Miller served as the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. There, he worked with the Mississippi Legislature to pass the DMR Reorganization and Accountability Act. He also worked to enhance the Coast’s natural resources, playing a key role in the Governor’s Oyster Council on Restoration and Resiliency to expand public oyster growing areas and initiating oyster aquaculture to restore natural reefs and increase commercial production. Prior experience also includes serving as chief of staff for Congressman Steven Palazzo and as policy advisor to Gov. Haley Barbour’s Office of Recovery and Renewal following Hurricane Katrina.
A graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi, Miller holds a B.S. in environmental biology with a minor in chemistry.