Leila Malatesta
Dates of Term: July 1, 2019—June 30, 2023

Leila retired from the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) in 2011 after serving as the Director of the Office of Fiscal Management (OFM) beginning in 1990. As Director of OFM, she was responsible for the Bureaus that provided oversight and assistance to agencies to ensure compliance with state laws, rules, and regulations.

Leila holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary math education from the University of Mississippi. After graduation from college, she taught high school math for four years in Mississippi and Texas.

Starting at DFA in 1987, she played a key role in the design and implementation of the current Mississippi statewide financial systems. She was also involved in developing requirements and issuance of the RFP (Request for Proposal) of Mississippi’s enterprise resource planning project, “MAGIC” (Mississippi’s Accountability System for Government Information and Collaboration).

Leila and her husband, Johnny, live in Flora, where she is a member of Flora United Methodist Church. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.