Chief Operating Officer
Mississippi Economic Council


Cathy Northington, IOM, serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Mississippi Economic Council, the State Chamber of Commerce.

Northington began at MEC a decade ago as a part-time, entry-level employee and worked her way up from the ground floor. In her current role, she facilitates Leadership Mississippi, the nation’s second-oldest leadership program and oversees the production of MEC’s three major meetings, each with over 1,500 business and community leaders and elected officials attending.

The Jackson native studied marketing at Mississippi College and enjoys giving back to the community through her volunteer work as a member of the Junior League of Jackson. with Special Olympics and American Cancer Society. A mother of three, Northington is also a member of the Madison Ridgeland Rotary Club and a board member of Goodwill Industries of Mississippi. She has been honored as a 2012 recipient of the Mississippi Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 award and was a member of the Mississippi Business Journal’s 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi for 2014.

Northington’s work helps MEC achieve their mission of putting Mississippi in the place of greatest opportunity, and she hopes that through programs like Leadership Mississippi and the great MEC events that they can help build a sense of a statewide business community.

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