MSET Welcomes New Board Member

Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) announced the election of Madeline Walker to MSET’s Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to expand our board of directors with the addition of Madeline Walker. She will bring a great deal of expertise to our work,” said Davis Pace, President and CEO of MSET. “We are working diligently to grow MSET’s Affiliate Program in order to connect more emerging technology businesses with opportunities. Walker represents leadership in our region and communities.”

About Madeline Walker

In January 2020, Walker joined the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission as chief administrative officer (CAO) and in-house counsel.

“Madeline’s election to our board is evidence of MSET’s long standing and proud relationship with Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission,” said Davis. “She brings significant expertise in economic development and negotiation to MSET’s board of directors.”

As CAO, Walker administers all contracts, grants, leases, and construction projects. She is responsible for renewals on all items associated with Port Bienville Industrial Park, the Port Bienville Short-line Railroad, and Stennis International Airport. She also handles compliance, employment issues, updating and maintaining tariffs, reviewing and managing bid documents, the scoring process for professional services RFPs, and property acquisitions for the organization. Walker and her staff are responsible for all resolutions and bio-monthly commission meetings.

Walker received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi in 2009 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2012.

Walker previously served as an associate at Hilgers Graben PLLC on the e-discovery and commercial litigation team. While there, she aided in numerous contract disputes, governmental investigations, and patent infringement cases. Prior to that, she served as in-house counsel and vice president of Treated Materials Co, Inc. Her primary focus was providing guidance on regulatory and compliance issues in the trucking and lumber industry. Upon graduation from law school, Walker served as staff attorney for Chief United States District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr., in the Southern District of Mississippi.

Walker and her family live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and are active members of the community. In 2021, she was named a “Successful Woman to Know” by Gulf Coast Woman Magazine. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar Association, Hancock County Bar Association, Harrison County Bar Association, Federalist Society, and Mississippi Corporate Counsel Association. She attends Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church.

About MSET

The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that facilitates regional economic development by leveraging the resources of Stennis Space Center, the State, and the region to foster business opportunities among public and private entities.  

Using the scientific and technical resources of NASA and other resident agencies at Stennis, MSET promotes growth in existing industry, stimulates new business, and attracts high-tech companies to the region by providing companies crucial business and technology-related services, opportunities for partnerships and collaboration, resources for entrepreneurs, and access to state and federal technology portfolios.