Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Inc.
Beneta D. Burt was recently appointed President & CEO of the Mississippi Urban League. Prior to that, she served eleven years as Executive Director for the Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Inc., which provides knowledge, tools, and technical support to individuals and communities to help them form partnerships with institutions, social advocates, researchers and policy makers, to collectively create community change toward health equity. The organization is guided by a group of Jackson community members who are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children in Mississippi.
Prior to joining Mississippi Roadmap, Ms. Burt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Jackson for twelve years. She was then appointed as Deputy Director of the City of Jackson’s Department of Human and Cultural Services, where she co-managed 10 city departments. Ms. Burt was subsequently appointed as Liaison to the U.S. Department of Labor, under then-Governor Ray Mabus. She also worked for the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, in New York City, where she provided oversight and monitoring of six research initiatives in eight states.
Ms. Burt earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Social Welfare, and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA), from Jackson State University. She has received numerous awards and recognition. She was recognized by The Clarion-Ledger Newspaper as one of the top 50 “Women Who Inspire” in the Greater Jackson Area, and recognized by The Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women. She also received the New Horizon’s Community Service Award. Ms. Burt received mayoral appointments as a Commissioner for the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, where she served as president and, as a trustee of the Jackson Public School Board of Trustees where she served as president of the Board. Ms. Burt is past president of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, class representative of Leadership Jackson Alumni Association, served as an Advisory Board member in the School of Public Health, Jackson State University. She recently received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Boston College, Center for Corporate Citizenship, Carrol School of Management. Ms. Burt was selected as a National Merit Reviewer for the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, Medical College of Wisconsin. She also co-authored “Concept Mapping as a Tool to Engage a Community in Health Disparity Identification.” Ethnicity and Disease, Volume 18, Winter 2008.
Ms. Burt is a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where she serves as secretary of the New Hope Community Development Corporation. She has one daughter, Twanda Johnson, and one granddaughter, Bria, who attends Jackson State University.