August Young Professional Spotlight
Meet Jonathan Blake
Organization: Hammonds, Sills, Adkins, and Guice LLP
Tell us a little about your Baton Rouge Story. What brought you to Baton Rouge?
I developed a love for Baton Rouge when I moved here in 2003 to begin law school at Southern University Law Center. I lived here from 2003 until 2006 when I graduated from law school. I moved back in 2013 when I was offered a position by then Louisiana Attorney General, James D. “Buddy” Caldwell. I have loved it ever since.
What is your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?
I love the economic growth, the great food, and the many non-profit organizations that are passionate about improving our community.
What is your dream for Baton Rouge?
I would love to see Baton Rouge as a city of second chances by providing more opportunities for the less fortunate to receive education as well as giving rehabilitated felons educational and job opportunities.
How are young professionals like yourself shaping Baton Rouge?
As chairman of the Community Outreach Committee through 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, I have a vision to see the members of our community provide mentorship and support to many of the forgotten including the youth and less fortunate. I believe that the community cannot be improved unless meaningful partnerships are developed among individuals, public officials, and our non-profit organizations. That is why I am currently working with several members of our community through the Collective Healing Grant to build strength through collective action.
What would you say to someone considering a move to Baton Rouge?
There is no place like the Red Stick! We have great people, great entertainment, great food, and most importantly, LSU!
What is your Baton Rouge favorite?
- Place to eat: Little Village (love the bread)
- Place to hang out: Barnes and Noble
- Place to capture the perfect Instagram pic: Barnes and Noble
- Place to people watch: Mall of Louiaiana during Christmas season!
With significant job growth, a bustling arts scene, delectable cuisine, abundant outdoor activities and more, the Capital Region attracts talent of all ages, including young professionals. Whether straight out of college or looking to establish their own business, more and more young professionals are choosing to lay their roots in Baton Rouge.
Each month, BRAC highlights one of these young Baton Rouge Area movers and shakers in the Young Professional Spotlight.