Malcom White

Malcolm White is the director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA’s) Tourism Division. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management of the division and the development and implementation of short- and long-range plans that will create economic growth and opportunities for Mississippi through tourism. Under White’s direction, the Tourism Division promotes Mississippi as a travel destination and film location by highlighting the state’s culture, heritage, history, natural resources, and recreational opportunities through a multi-faceted marketing effort.  White also oversees Mississippi’s 13 welcome centers, as well as the Mississippi Film Office, and the state’s film recruitment efforts. White joined MDA in 2013 after serving as the executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) for seven years. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing the agency’s staff and operations, while driving its mission of supporting and celebrating the arts in Mississippi and its creative culture. Prior to joining MAC, White spent years working his way through the ranks of the hospitality industry, leading him and his brother Hal to open Hal and Mal’s, a popular downtown Jackson restaurant and entertainment venue. He is also founder of the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, which benefits the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children and attracts more than 75,000 visitors from around the country to Jackson each year, and WellsFest, a family festival held each year in Jackson. A native of Stone County, Mississippi, White holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Throughout his career, he has been a member of and served on the committees of numerous civic organizations. White is presently involved in a variety of organizations, including South Arts, the Mississippi Country Music Trail, the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, and Downtown Jackson Partners. He is also chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission and vice chairman of the State’s Bicentennial Committee.