Reilly Center Advisory Board
The Reilly Center Advisory Board is a collective of thought leaders in media, public affairs, business, and academia who support and counsel the Center in its mission to make positive change in the world.
Economic Development Manager, Amazon
Jessica Breaux is an Economic Development Manager for Amazon. In this role, Jessica supports Amazon business investments throughout the southern United States. She partners with local policymakers and economic development professionals to create good jobs with industry leading pay and great benefits for people with all levels of education and work experience. With more than 17 years of economic development experience, Jessica has worked in the local, state and utility sectors supporting the creation and retention of job opportunities. Before joining Amazon, Jessica led a 14-person regional economic development team for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the largest public power company in the country. She also spent several years focused on economic development efforts specific to the Nashville, Tennessee, region while at TVA.
Jessica earned a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in community and economic development from the University of Arkansas, and is a graduate of Northwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations. She is a Louisiana native and currently lives in Nashville with her husband Chris. Jessica loves traveling, live music events and is a fiercely loyal fan of the New Orleans Saints.
Terri Broussard Williams
Head of Social Justice Policy & Partnerships, Public Policy, Amazon
Terri Broussard Williams has built her career on a solid reputation as an authentic, courageous, and impactful change agent. Throughout her journey as an award-winning non-profit executive, lobbyist, and public speaker, Terri has transformed public and community service into a professional art form, positively impacting the lives of millions of people.
Over the course of her 17-year career as a government relations executive for a large international non-profit, Terri realized her dream of creating significant, community-shifting outcomes. Her most distinguished accomplishments include the passage of key pieces of legislation, such as The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act. Terri continues to “pay it forward” with thought leadership around change as the founder of the Movement Maker platform.
Terri graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Non Profit Leadership. Previously, Terri graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact Strategy Executive Education Program, and received a Graduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication.
Johanna L. Dunaway
Associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University
Johanna L. Dunaway received her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2006. Before joining the faculty of Texas A&M in Fall 2016, Johanna was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow in the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy, at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. From 2008-2015, she was a jointly appointed faculty member in LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and Department of Political Science. Her areas of research and teaching include news media and politics and political communication, with an emphasis on how the changing media environment is shaping news consumption and political knowledge, attitudes, and behavior. Her publications appear in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Political Communication, Information, Communication & Society, Public Opinion Quarterly, and PloS One. Johanna’s recent book, Home Style Opinion: How Local Newspapers Can Slow Polarization, is co-authored with Joshua Darr of LSU’s Manship School and Matthew Hitt of Colorado State University, will be published this March, 2021. She is also currently working on two book manuscripts still in-progress: News Attention in a Mobile Era, co-authored with LSU Manship faculty member Kathleen Searles, and The House that Fox Built? Representation, Political Accountability, and the Rise of Cable News, with Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johnson, & Ryan J. Vander Wielen.
Edmund J. Giering IV
General Counsel, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Edmund J. Giering IV is the general counsel to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a
community foundation which serves the needs and interests of South Louisiana by helping
donors connect with nonprofit organizations to create a lasting legacy and fulfill
their philanthropic goals and by leading and investing in civic leadership initiatives
that build a more equitable community and address larger social outcomes.
Licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Texas, his practice emphasizes corporate law and governance, corporate, real estate and complex gift transactions, risk management and nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. He is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of numerous professional, civic and charitable organizations.
A native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Edmund received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Louisiana State University in 1990, a Juris Doctor degree from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1994, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business in 2005. He is married to Catherine Saba Giering and they are the proud parents of two children, Jake and Cate.
Government Affairs and Public Policy Senior Counsel, Google
E. Stewart Jeffries is a Government Affairs and Public Policy Senior Counsel at Google
where he has worked for over a decade. He currently oversees all of the company’s
U.S. Senate Republican outreach across Leadership, Committee, and personal offices
on a breadth of issues including tax, trade, privacy, cybersecurity, competition,
intellectual property, and intermediary liability. Prior to that, he held a similar
role overseeing the company’s lobbying to U.S. House Republicans. Stewart began his
tenure at Google in the then-new role of Competition Policy Counsel at the company
where he oversaw political outreach across the government to secure a successful conclusion
of the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into the company’s business practices.
Prior to joining Google, Stewart served on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, where
was the Chief Antitrust Counsel for the House Republicans and handled a variety of
other matters including bankruptcy and interstate taxation matters.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Virginia, where he double-majored in Government and History. He earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Virginia School of Law. A native of Louisiana, Stewart resides in Washington, DC with his wife, daughter, and two mini-Schnauzers. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, sailing, and woodworking.
President & CEO, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana
Sara McLeod Judson is the CEO of the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana,
a role she has held for eight years. Her professional experience includes marketing,
public relations and organizational development for CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital,
former Mayor Willie Mount, Lake Area Medical Center and former U.S. Senator J. Bennett
Johnston. She also served clients through her entrepreneurial business, Training Pathways,
where one of her consulting roles was as a trainer with Franklin Covey for the Leader
in Me program.
As a fourth generation citizen of Lake Charles, she enjoys continuing the family tradition of being an active member of the community. Her current volunteer experience includes the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., where she was named the 2013 Sustainer of the Year, board member for CABL (Council for a Better Louisiana) and a 2nd grade reading tutor at Oak Park Elementary School. She and her husband, Mark, and 21 year old daughter, Rachel, enjoy participating in their church, First Presbyterian, as well as many community projects. Their latest adventure is that Rachel is a junior at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she is regularly identifying things that she wants to make happen in Southwest Louisiana!
Dean, E.J. Ourso College of Business
In 2020, Professor Jared Llorens assumed the role of dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business. Previously, Llorens was the chair of the Department of Public Administration, and he currently holds the E. J. Ourso Professor and Dean Endowed Chair. As department chair, Llorens was responsible for leading LSU’s Master of Public Administration program, which has successfully prepared local, regional, and national leaders for over 40 years. In 2020 he was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. His scholarly research focuses primarily on public management, with particular interests in automation, compensation and recruitment. His research has been widely published in various academic outlets, and he is a co-author of the widely adopted textbook Public Personnel Management: Context and Strategies 6th & 7th ed.
Before beginning his academic career, Llorens worked in human resource management with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and U.S. Department of Labor in both Dallas, TX and Washington, D.C. Llorens is a native of Baton Rouge, La. and received his BA from Loyola University of New Orleans, his MPAff from the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, and his PhD in Public Administration from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Founder and Principal, Holland Taucher Consulting
Pasha Moore is the founder of Holland Taucher Consulting Group (HTCG), a full-service firm covering all aspects of development and strategy, with a focus on corporate partnerships and major donor cultivation; public affairs, lobbying and advocacy in various roles, representing clients in both state legislatures and Congress; business development strategies; and coalition building. The 2020 election cycle was devoted to clients focused on educating campaigns and volunteers in election cybersecurity, engaging key stakeholders and coalitions in each of the 50 states; where, under the Prevail masthead, her work contributed to winning both a Reed Award for Best Civic Education Resource and a Peer Choice Golden Eagle Award for Overall Grassroots Advocacy/Education Campaign Excellence.
With almost 20 years of political experience, Pasha has previously worked in various roles with over 125 campaigns, political organizations, tech organizations, and not-for-profits. Under the HTCG masthead, Pasha has directed the fundraising and development of numerous national, state and local campaigns and Republican political organizations in Texas and beyond, including state judicial campaigns, legislative races and congressional races; national campaigns and PACs; and state-based political GOTV organizations.
Saul Reinaldo Newsome
Newsome International Law
Saul is the principal at Newsome International Law a firm entirely devoted to cross-border commerce and related national security regulation and controls. Saul is the Secretary of the International Law Section of the Louisiana Bar Association. Saul was also appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to serve as a member of the Louisiana District Export Council and sits on its outreach committee. He has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent peer review rating and was selected by Super Lawyer as a Rising Star in International Law for 2022.
Saul has advised businesses on trade and investment incentives both locally and abroad. Saul has advised clients on importing, exporting, sanction regimes, and assisted clients in pursuing offshore manufacturing, license agreements, sales agreements and other business ventures. Saul has advised on foreign investment and national security regulations in the United States, including applications to the Committee on Foreign Investments to the United States (CFIUS), export and anti-boycott regulations (EAR), international traffic in arms regulations (ITAR), anti-bribery (FCPA), asset control regulations (OFAC) and defense federal acquisition regulations (DFARs). Saul earned his Juris Doctor (JD) of Civil Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and his Masters of Law (LLM) in National Security Law from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Dr. Markey Pierré
Vice Chancellor of External Affairs & Chief of Staff, LSU Health Sciences - Shreveport
Dr. Markey Pierré’s lifetime commitment to professional excellence, community service
and good public policy has led to substantive progress for the State of Louisiana
in many areas, including K-12 and higher education, construction, health care, maritime
law and municipal government. During her 20+ year career as a successful business
owner and executive, author, motivational speaker, lobbyist and adjunct professor,
Dr. Pierré’s philosophy of inclusive leadership resulted in pioneering legislation
that has had far-reaching positive consequences for generations to come.
For the past 13 years, Dr. Pierré championed the interest of her clients as the president and managing partner of Southern Strategy Group of North Louisiana, a full-service governmental consulting firm based in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dr. Pierré has been extremely successful in building partnerships across different ideologies, bridging deep divides to drive public policies that benefited everyone involved. In her new role as the Vice Chancellor of External Affairs & Chief of Staff for LSU Health Sciences Center, Dr. Pierré is the point of contact for critical initiatives and responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic agenda to represent both organizational and operational initiatives.
Vice President of Creative, Lamar Advertising
Mendi Robinson began her career at Lamar Advertising in 1997, where she is currently the vice president of Creative at the corporate office. She is responsible for training Lamar's sales force and designers to sell and create effective out-of-home advertising. Her responsibilities also include managing the marketing team of designers who are responsible for Lamar’s brand and all corporate and sales collateral.
A graduate of the Louisiana Art Institute, she is active in the Baton Rouge community as a member of the local Advertising Federation. She served as the chair for the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana and now sits on their advisory group to the board of governors. She was elected to the Baton Rouge Business Report Forty Under 40 class in 2015. Nationally, she serves on the creative committee for the Out of Home Association of America and serves on the advisory board of Colossal Media.
Mendi resides in Baton Rouge with her husband, Donnie, and their two children.
Partner, Emergent Method
John Snow is an experienced management consultant with expertise rooted in organizational design, strategy and operational planning. He is focused on improving the performance of organizations and communities throughout the U.S. and across various sectors such as government, economic development, technology, infrastructure and health care. Over the past 14 years, John has worked on numerous projects, plans and strategic initiatives for local, state and regional public, private and nonprofit organizations.
He is a 2012 graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Leadership Baton Rouge program and a 2014 graduate of the Council for A Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana Class. He also serves on several local and regional boards of directors such as the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Alumni Executive Board. In 2020, Consulting Magazine named John a “Rising Star of the Consulting Profession in Strategy Consulting,” a prestigious honor given annually to high-performing consultants throughout the world. He earned two degrees from Louisiana State University, including his Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the Manship School of Mass Communication and his Master of Business Administration from the E.J. Ourso School of Business – Flores MBA Program.
Executive Director, Teach For America South Louisiana
Laura Vinsant is a graduate of Louisiana State University and alumna of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. She was drawn to Teach For America’s mission after tutoring as an undergraduate. Laura began her career with Teach For America as a 2007 South Louisiana corps member, teaching second and third grade in Baton Rouge. She now leads the South Louisiana region of Teach For America and is committed to ensuring every student in South Louisiana has access to the excellent educational opportunities they deserve.
Laura is a graduate of the 2018 Council For A Better Louisiana Leadership Louisiana Class, is a graduate of the 2015 Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program, and was a 2015 Top 40 Under 40 honoree. Laura proudly serves as the Chair of the Leadership Baton Rouge Alumni Board. She was recently awarded the Rising Star in Non-Profit Leadership Award by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Laura is currently enrolled in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education pursuing a degree in Education Policy and Management.
Founder, Protect the Sacred
Allie Young is a citizen of the Diné (Navajo) Nation from the Northern Agency of the reservation in Northern New Mexico. She is a storyteller and writer on a mission to increase the authentic representation of Native people in TV, film, and mainstream media by sharing the stories and traditions of her ancestors to help her community persevere in a world where they are largely invisible, underrepresented, and misrepresented. She founded Protect the Sacred—a program of culture change organization Harness—a program that focuses on educating and empowering the next generation of Navajo and Indian Country leaders and allies. Through Protect the Sacred, Allie makes certain Native voices are centered in culture and policy, especially the voices of Indigenous youth and womxn. It is her objective to ensure that the stories of her people are no longer history – the fabricated American narrative perpetuated in textbooks and Hollywood Westerns. Instead, they will be authentic and from the original peoples, the original storytellers of this land.