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Executive Director Don Green, CPA is the chief executive officer for Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. Mr. Green previously served as Chief Financial Officer for 21 years. He is a member of the Mississippi Association of Public Accountants and National Society of Tax Professionals. He has served as a board member for the Delta Association for Rural Initiatives, the Clarksdale/Coahoma County Airport, the Clarksdale/Coahoma Library and the Friendship Community Federal Credit Union, and has been a member of the Mississippi State Tax Commission. He serves on several boards: The Delta Strategic Compact, Delta Council of Farm Owners of Stoneville, MS, and North Mississippi Long Term Disaster Relief Association. He holds degrees from Coahoma Community College and Delta State University. Mr. Green grew up in the area and has become a respected community leader with a strong commitment to giving back.
Farm and Partnerships Organizer Samuel McCray supervises site development and outreach and manages local outreach, customer classes and education, and farm vendor relations for MDC’s farmers market program. A retired congressional aide to Congressman Bennie Thompson, Mr. McCray was responsible for constituent services and community development projects in Coahoma, Quitman, and Tunica Counties. Previously, he was a community organizer working on voting redistricting and reapportionment, director of housing development for Quitman County Development Organization, and a social services officer for Equal Opportunity. He attended Delta State University (formerly Delta State College). Mr. McCray chairs the board of Youth Opportunities Unlimited, is Vice Chairperson of the Mississippi Democratic Party of Quitman County Executive Committee, serves on the Community Relations Council of Finch-Henry Job Corps Center, serves on the Quitman County Redistrict Committee, and chairs the West Lambert Rural Water Association. He knows just about everybody.
Case Worker Lydia Rios helps with outreach to farmers and with organizing the monthly food distribution to low-income families. She is one of seven case workers responsible for outreach, intake, eligibility determination, referrals and counseling of low income clients needing job training, entrepreneurship, and supplemental services. Ms. Rios has worked with Mississippi Delta Council for over six years, and works bilingually in Spanish and English, teaches ESOL, and reads French. She and her family have fruit trees and her colleagues say they grow some of the very best figs around.