Councils

BRAC investors are encouraged to join councils to help drive BRAC’s work in the nine-parish Capital Region. To learn more about upcoming council meetings message the Investor Relations team at investorrelations@brac.org.  

Advocacy Council

Provides insight on and supports efforts to advance initiatives and public policies that improve the region’s economic competitiveness. The Legislative Council serves as a subpanel that seeks the same at the Legislature.

  • Focus Areas

    Transportation infrastructure, educational reforms, beautification and quality of place policies, economic development incentives, issues impacting economic competitiveness across the region

  • Meeting

    Held quarterly as a full council, and weekly as a Legislative Council during session

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    Staff Liason

    Trey Godfrey
    Senior Vice President of Policy

  • Chair

    Eric Thomas
    Nexstar Media Inc.

Business Development Advisory Council*

Acts as an advisory body to the Business Development team, reviewing and offering constructive feedback concerning BD work plans, programs, and initiatives. *Limited access or based on investment.

  • Focus Areas

    Growing the region's emerging industry sectors of life sciences, software, transitional energy, and water.

  • Meeting

    Held on a monthly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Russell Richardson
    Senior V.P. of Business Development
     

  • Chair

    Ralph Bender
    Manship Media/WBRZ

Economic Inclusion Council

Promotes broader dialogue on the importance of diversity in the workplace and pushes for a more inclusive economy that benefits all. Learn more about BRAC's economic inclusion work here.

  • Focus Areas

    TruFund revolving loan fund, Baton Rouge Procurement Opportunity Partnership, minority business accelerator, annual Diversity in Business Event, Diversity Star Award

  • Meeting

    Held on a quarterly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Davorio Stevenson
    Manager of Economic Inclusion

  • Chair

    Erin Monroe
    Cox Communications

Quality of Place Council

Supports efforts to enhance attractiveness of the region with improved public amenities and the visual aesthetics of our shared spaces.  

  • Focus Areas

    Litter and blight abatement, beautification of key corridors, transportation and infrastructure investment and design, placemaking 

  • Meeting

    Held on a quarterly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Caila Miceli
    Policy and Research Project Manager

  • Chair

    Chelsey Laborde Blankenship
    CLB Consulting

SOUTHEAST SUPER REGION COMMITTEE*

The Southeast Louisiana Super Region – or SoLA – unites the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Bayou regions to collaboratively identify and promote initiatives that foster a thriving economic climate for all three regions. *Limited access or based on investment.

  • Focus Areas

    Transportation and infrastructure, Louisiana Branding, Bioscience and Healthcare, Water Sector Recruitment

  • Meeting

    Held on a bi-monthly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Michael DiResto
    Executive Vice President

  • Chair

    CJ Blanche

Talent Action Collaborative

Works with education to develop the talent pipeline and provide high-quality work-based learning opportunities. Learn more about BRAC’s Talent Action Collaborative here.

  • Focus Areas

    Healthcare, Technology, Liberal Arts and Management, Construction and Manufacturing, Automotive, Transportation and Logistics 

  • Meeting

    Held on a quarterly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Trey Godfrey
    Senior Vice President of Policy

  • Chair

    Darylene Pugh
    Shell

MICHELLE WEB

Michelle Mahaffey LeJeune

Director of Investor Development
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