Donzell Moody is the Executive Director of MCORD and serves on its Board of Directors.

The ninth child of eighteen, he was raised in rural McLain, MS where the economy thrives on agriculture and forestry. Being raised in this environment helped develop his passion for his work in rural communities, and consequently has given him the reputation as an advocate for rural communities and the disenfranchised and being at the forefront of driving change.

His work with rural communities started in 2000 while working for PACERs (Program for the Academic and Cultural Enhancement of Rural Schools), a nonprofit organization sponsored by the University of Alabama’s Program for Rural Services and Research.  While with PACERS he served as Program Manager for Business Development, responsible for developing and fostering small rural businesses in a 29-county region.

Donzell’s leadership experience comes from his twenty-two years as an army officer where he held a myriad of leadership positions. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Trained and certified as a Climate Reality Leader through former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, Donzell earned a B.S. in Communications from The University of Southern Mississippi with an emphasis on journalism.

He lives in Hattiesburg, MS with his wife Vivian, a university math professor. When he’s not busy with work he enjoys creating riffs on his bass guitar.