Councils & Committees

BRAC investors are encouraged to join councils and committees to help drive BRAC’s work in the nine-parish Capital Region.

Business Development Advisory Council*

The Business Development Advisory Council acts as an oversight and advisory body to BRAC’s Business Development team, reviewing and offering constructive feedback concerning BD work plans, programs, and initiatives. *Limited access or based on investment.

  • Focus Areas/Wins

    Six industry sectors, including Petrochemical, Software Development, Healthcare Biomedical, Logistics, Water Management, and Agriculture Technology 

  • Meeting

    Held on a monthly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Russell Richardson
    Senior V.P. of Business Development
     

  • Chair

    Susanne Hall
    West Region Coca-Cola Bottling Company United
     

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee seeks to promote a broader dialogue on the importance of diversity and inclusion business practices and their economic benefits for the Capital Region.

  • Focus Areas/Wins

    Annual Diversity in Business Event, Diversity Star Award, Baton Rouge Procurement Opportunity Partnership

  • Meeting

    Held on a quarterly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Michael DiResto
    Executive Vice President

  • Chair

    Eric Dexter
    Civil Solutions Consulting Group, Inc.

Education & Workforce Issue Council

The Education & Workforce Issue Council oversees and guides all policy initiatives pertaining to the education and development of the Capital Region workforce. 

  • Focus Areas/Wins

    Early Childhood Education, PK-12 STEM Partnerships, Career and College Readiness, Higher Education, Adult Learning, and Workforce Training Systems

  • Meeting

    Held on a bi-monthly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Liz Smith
    Senior V.P. of Economic Competitiveness

  • Chair

    Gloria Moncada
    ExxonMobil

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee reviews, develops and supports issues that promote a positive, proactive economic environment for the Capital Region.

  • Focus Areas/Wins

    Hundreds of millions of dollars steered towards infrastructure, major state level educational reforms, defeat of expensive and burdensome employer mandates, new laws

  • Meeting

    Held on a weekly basis during legislative session, as needed otherwise 

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    Staff Liason

    David Zoller
    Manager of Governmental Affairs

  • Chair

    Nial Patel
    Cornerstone Government Affairs

Quality of Place Committee

The Quality of Place Committee enhances the region’s competitiveness by improving public amenities and the visual impact of the region in collaboration with business, government, and non-profit partners.

  • Focus Areas/Wins

    Bolstering blight abatement and code-enforcement practices, boosting the efficiency of quality of place work within the City-Parish, ensuring smart growth development

  • Meeting

    Held on a monthly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Elizabeth Walker
    Policy & Research Project Manager

  • Chair

    Rex Cabaniss
    WHLC | Architecture

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council works to enhance the region’s competitiveness by increasing services to small businesses and communicating important policy issues impacting job creation.

  • Focus Areas/Wins

    Small Business Event Series, Business Retention and Expansion, enhancing small business and entrepreneurship assets in the region

  • Meeting

    Held on a quarterly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Liz Smith
    Senior V.P. of Economic Competitiveness

  • Chair

    Ross Reilly
    Lamar

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/Wins

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

  • Meeting

    Held on a bi-monthly basis

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    Staff Liason

    Adam Knapp
    President & CEO
     

  • Chair

    CJ Blanche

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Michelle Mahaffey

Manager of Business Services
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