About Tammy Cotton
Entrepreneur, passionate director of services and servant in both the Army and Air National Guard. Tammy Cotton is known for her commitment, integrity and ability to champion issues for the many lives impacted throughout her career. When it comes to issues of urban housing, making wise business decisions that make since, or just soothing your appetite with some of the best cuisines, Tammy has always strived to be a champion in all she does.
Background and Education that Matters
Born November 6, 1961, in Covington County, Mississippi, Tammy graduated from Mt. Olive High School. Tammy received her culinary training from Jones Community College and pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. While a single parent, Tammy served as a project manager for levee repair in New Orleans, Louisiana following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and subsequently served as a client recovery specialist for the American Red Cross for victims of the hurricane.
Experience and Commitment that Matters
Tammy gained experience in housing and education by serving as the director and administrator of the Drug Prevention Grant for the Laurel Mississippi Housing Authority. In this role Tammy created a computer lab for the residents, ballet studio, and orchestrated numerous field excursions to foster growth and exposure for at risk children living in the area. Tammy also managed a $1.3 million federal grant for Jefferson Davis County Schools which focused on providing opportunities for kids through tutoring services, arts and crafts, field excursions, computer literacy and aptitude testing preparations. Additionally, Tammy proudly served her country for fifteen years in both the Mississippi Army National Guard, as a Logistics technician and Mississippi Air National Guard, as a flight EMT. Tammy is a graduate of Leadership Jones County and Leadership Mississippi.
Accomplishments that Matter
As an entrepreneur, Tammy is the owner of Eme’s Catering which provides personal chef services and event catering. In 2016 and 2017 Tammy was honored to provide breakfast and lunch meals for 300 children as a part of the Jackson Public Schools Summer Feeding Program. Tammy also owns Tpaigeconsulting, LLC, a consulting firm providing political and business consulting. In 2017 Tammy was selected by Mississippi Business Journal as one of the 50 Leading Women Business Leaders. Tammy is married with two children and two grandchildren.
The Story of a Champion
In March of 2014 Tammy was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Tammy’s determination and consistency to fight and meet the issues that affected her pocket book, friends and most importantly family head on. This fight has taught Tammy the importance for access to healthcare for all Mississippians. Now Tammy is as healthy as ever before and was declared cancer free in 2017. This has caused her to develop a champions mentality to have the persistence to work across the aisle for common solutions.
“In all that I have done, my passion for the quality of life for others has been my driving conviction to champion for the issues that matter. I will do all things through Christ Jesus who Strengthens me.”