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MFC names new director of communications and government affairs



Shannon Coker
Shannon Coker (MFC)

Shannon Coker has been named the new Director of Communications and Government Affairs for the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC), effective June 1, 2023.

In this role, Coker is responsible for managing and directing MFC’s internal and external communications, media relations, agency publications, MFC’s digital and social media presence, in addition to MFC’s public information and outreach programs. She will also handle state and federal policy and serve as the legislative liaison.

Coker has over 22 years of experience in communication and holds an accreditation in public relations (APR). Before working at MFC, she was the Executive Director for the Mississippi Dental Association, where she served as the executive officer and handled the organization’s internal and external communications. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi.

“I am thrilled to welcome Shannon to MFC, where I am certain she will bring her skills into this role and help the team fulfill our mission,” said Russell Bozeman, State Forester. “Her expertise will allow us to build on the current success of our communications and outreach.”

Originally from Raymond, Coker holds a Master of Science in Communication from Mississippi College and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. She and her husband, Gerald (JJ), reside in Brandon.

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