Advocates in Education Reform

All across Louisiana, citizens and organizations are working to improve PreK-12 education with the common goal of helping every child to reach his or her potential.  The following is a listing of education reform advocates in each of the eight regions of the state.  Together they comprise a strong voice speaking and working for education improvement.

Advocates in Education Reform Map
Region 1
  • Center for Development and Learning
    CEO/Executive Director: Alice Thomas President & CEO
    Address:
    One Galleria Blvd., Suite 903
    Metairie, LA 70001

    Phone: (504) 840-9786
    Fax:
    Email: athomas@cdl.org
    Website: www.cdl.org
    Mission: CDL's mission is to improve the life chances of all children, especially those at high risk, by increasing school success.
  • Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation
    CEO/Executive Director: Phyllis Landrieu
    Address:
    2405 Jackson Ave., Suite C213
    Phone: (504) 523-1193
    Fax:
    Email: plandrieu@cox.net
    Website: www.ecflf.org
    Mission: In Central City and wherever we go, we invite the whole community - children, parents, families, neighbors - to be part of Mahalia Jackson Center. Central City is a historic community composed of many ethnicities, including African-American, Latino, Asian, Caucasian, and Native-American families. Especially since the storms of 2005, daily life often rings extra challenges and stressors here, and unfortunately, crime has become rampant. The Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation (ECFLF) was founded to address these challenges and end the cycle of hardships on students from stressed communities, who are expected to achieve equally with their more aptly prepared peers, whose early educations aren't compromised by the challenges of life in poverty.
  • Greater New Orleans, Inc.
    CEO/Executive Director: Michael Hecht
    Address:
    365 Canal Street, Suite 2300
    New Orleans, LA 70130

    Phone: (504) 527-6900
    Fax: (504) 527-6970
    Email: mhecht@gnoinc.org
    Website: www.gnoinc.org
    Mission: Greater New Orleans, Inc. is a regional economic development agency serving the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region.
  • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
    CEO/Executive Director: odd Murphy
    Address:
    3421 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 203
    Metairie, LA 70002

    Phone: 504) 799-4260
    Fax: -(504) 835-3880 E504) 799-4259
    Email: todd@jeffersonchamber.org
    Website: www.jeffersonchamber.org
    Mission: The Chamber’s mission has remained constant – to work for the advancement of the business community; to enhance the economic, civic and cultural environment; and to improve the quality of life in Jefferson Parish.
  • Orleans Public Education Network (O.P.E.N.)
    CEO/Executive Director: Deirdre Johnson Burel
    Address:
    938 Lafayette Street, Suite 406 & 407
    New Orleans, LA 70113

    Phone: (504) 821-4004 ext. 201
    Fax: (504) 525-3148
    Email: open@orleanspubliceducationnetwork.org
    Website: www.orleanspubliceducationnetwork.org
    Mission: The mission of the Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN) is to bring the full New Orleans community together for a respectful and informed dialogue about the future of public education in the city.
  • Communities In Schools
    CEO/Executive Director: Sara Massey
    Address:
    P. O. Box 792800
    New Orleans, LA 70179
    Phone: (504) 494-4435
    Fax: (504) 486-8020
    Email: smassey@cisno@gmail.com
    Website: www.cisneworleans.org
    Mission: Communities In Schools is the nation's leading organization focused on reducing dropout rates and improving graduation rates. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs.
  • Educate Now!
    CEO/Executive Director: Leslie Jacobs
    Address:
    6038 St. Charles Avenue
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone: (504) 835-3390 ext. 124
    Fax:
    Email: LJacobs@educatenow.net
    Website: www.educatenow.net
    Mission: Educate Now! is a non-profit organization dedicated to effective and sustainable reform of New Orleans public schools. Our mission is carried out by: • Providing current, comprehensive information on education reform in New Orleans • Lending programmatic support to educational reforms already underway in New Orleans • Advocating for decentralized, quality public schools for all students in New Orleans
  • Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
    CEO/Executive Director: Caroline Roemer Shirley
    Address:
    5500 Prytania Street #126
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    Phone: (504) 274-3651
    Fax: (504) 274-3650
    Email: croemer@lacharterschools.org
    Website: www.lacharterschools.org
    Mission: The mission of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools is to support, promote, and advocate for the Louisiana charter school movement, increasing student access to high quality public schools statewide.
  • Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood & Family Learning Center
    CEO/Executive Director: Alice Spencer
    Address:
    2405 Jackson Avenue – Suite C-213
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    Phone: (504) 359-6835
    Fax: (504) 522-2225
    Email: pcooper@ecflf.org
    Website: www.mahaliajacksoncenter.org
    Mission: The Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation conducts outreach to child cares in Central City, providing technical assistance and professional development to enhance (a) program performance (b) academic success for preschool age children, and (c) children’s readiness for school.
  • New Orleans Afterschool Partnership
    CEO/Executive Director: Lauren Bierbaum, Ph.D
    Address:
    4240 Canal Street, Suite 240
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Phone: (504) 304-9591 ext. 235
    Fax: (504) 304-9768
    Email: lbierbaum@nolayouth.org
    Website: www.gnoafterschool.org
    Mission: Afterschool Partnership is the intermediary organization leveraging resources to programs that serve children and youth during out of school hours in New Orleans.
  • New Orleans Parent Organizing Network
    CEO/Executive Director: Aesha Rasheed
    Address:
    2115 Carondelet Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone: (504) 722-8174
    Fax: (504) 288-1412
    Email: karranroyal@yahoo.com
    Website:
    Mission: Organizing parents to advocate for quality public education.
  • Stand For Children
    CEO/Executive Director: Rayne Martin
    Address:
    4035 Washington Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70125
    Phone: (504) 247-6225
    Fax:
    Email: rmartin@stand.org
    Website: www.stand.org/louisiana
    Mission: Every child starts with a dream. In Louisiana, 77% of our fourth graders and 79% of our Eighth graders are unable to read at grade level. In New Orleans, 54% of our students attend a school rated D or F. It’s time to right this wrong. If we want our children to achieve their dreams, we must first take a stand and give EVERY student a strong start, high expectations, effective teachers, high quality schools, and bold, student-Centered leaders.
  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana
    CEO/Executive Director: Michael Williamson
    Address:
    2515 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Phone: (504) 827-6801
    Fax: (504) 827-4378
    Email: michaelw@unitedwaysela.org
    Website: www.unitedwaysela.org
    Mission: We are creating lasting changes by focusing on the building blocks for a better life... a quality education that leads to stable employment, income to support a family, sound mental and physical health and a safety net in times of crisis. To LIVE UNITED means being a part of the change, and your participation is crucial to our success.
  • United Way of St. Charles
    CEO/Executive Director: John Dias
    Address:
    13207 River Road
    Luling, LA 70070
    Phone: (985) 331-9063
    Fax: (985) 331-9069
    Email: johnd@uwaysc.org
    Website: www.uwaysc.org
    Mission: To LEAD and UNITE the community in providing a program of health and human services that is comprehensive, efficient and effective. Unite Way of St. Charles focuses on advancing the common good by funding programs that target education, income & health.
  • Urban League of Greater New Orleans
    CEO/Executive Director: Erika McConduit, Interim President & CEO
    Address:
    2912 Canal Street – Suite 200
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Phone: (504) 620-2332
    Fax: (504) 620-9564
    Email:
    Website: www.urbanleagueneworleans.org
    Mission: The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.
Region 2
  • Academic Distinction Fund
    CEO/Executive Director: Dr. Martis Jones
    Address:
    8550 United Plaza Blvd., Suite 301
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809

    Phone: (225) 922-4560
    Fax: (225) 922-4562
    Email: martis.jones@adfbr.org
    Website: http://www.adfbr.org
    Mission: Academic Distinction Fund (ADF) believes that every young person in East Baton Rouge Parish should graduate from high school with the tools to be a successful adult - whether they choose to pursue college or begin a career. To promote this belief, ADF advocates for high-performing public school systems that value accountability, strong educational leadership and public engagement.
  • Advance Innovative Education
    CEO/Executive Director: Michael Eskridge, Ed.D
    Address:
    8768 Quarters Lake Rd., Bldg. 11, Ste. 5
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Phone: (225) 572.7353
    Fax: (225) 612-6978
    Email: info@advanceie.org
    Website: www.advanceie.org
    Mission: Advance Innovative Education promotes urgent, systemic change in public education by undertaking reform initiatives that deliver dramatically improved teacher and school leader performance, and by developing strong partnerships to increase student success and ultimately enhance the quality of life in Louisiana.
  • Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL)
    CEO/Executive Director: Polly Broussard
    Address:
    7907 Wrenwood Blvd., Suite B
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Phone: (225) 769-4005
    Fax: (225) 766-5053
    Email: pjb@apeleducators.org
    Website: www.apeleducators.org
    Mission: The Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL) is the premier educators' organization in Louisiana, advancing A+ teachers as career professionals. By focusing on professional development, teacher advocacy and excellence in education, we empower Louisiana's youth for future success.
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce
    CEO/Executive Director: Adam Knapp
    Address:
    564 Laurel Street
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Phone: (225) 381-7125
    Fax: (225) 336-4306
    Email: adam@brac.org
    Website: www.brac.org
    Mission: The Baton Rouge Area Chamber® is providing visionary leadership and taking decisive actions to propel our community to a more prosperous economic future. BRAC fulfills its mission of leading economic development in the Baton Rouge area in several ways: • Business retention initiatives, including expansion consultations • Business recruitment activities, such as targeted marketing • Maintaining a robust business intelligence database • Taking public positions on issues that affect the business community • Providing vision and seed funding for education initiatives • Remaining committed to measurable results
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation
    CEO/Executive Director: John G. Davies
    Address:
    402 N. Fourth Street
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802

    Phone: (225) 387-6126
    Fax: (225) 387-6153
    Email: jdavies@braf.org
    Website: www.braf.org
    Mission: The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, a community foundation with $530 million in assets, provides two essential functions for the capital region. One, the Foundation connects philanthropists with capable nonprofits to make sure the needs of our communities are met. For example, our donors support the Shaw Center for the Arts, buy eyeglasses for needy children, fund services to care for abused women and children, and underwrite the symphony and Manship Theatre. We help donors create a lasting legacy and fulfill their philanthropic goals. Two, the Foundation invests in and manages pivotal projects that can change the community. Our Plan Baton Rouge initiative spearheaded the downtown revitalization plan and now is working to revive Old South Baton Rouge. Our real estate asset revived the abandoned Capitol House, and is set to work on other groundbreaking projects in Baton Rouge.
  • Capital Area United Way
    CEO/Executive Director: Darrin Goff, Sr.
    Address:
    700 Laurel Street
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Phone: (225) 937-3510
    Fax: (225) 383-9922
    Email: darring@cauw.org
    Website: www.cauw.org
    Mission: Helping People – Improving Communities - Capital Area United Way is working to advance the common good to create opportunities for a better life for all. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people have good health and basic needs such as food and shelter.
  • Children’s Coalition of Greater Baton Rouge
    CEO/Executive Director: M. Lynell Whipple
    Address:
    P. O. Box 66482
    Baton Rouge, LA 70896
    Phone: (225) 346-1234
    Fax:
    Email: admin@naswla.org
    Website: www.ccofgbr.org
    Mission: The Children's Coalition is a collective force united to effect community change to improve the lives of children and families through partnerships and advocacies in the Capital City Area.
  • Committee of 100 (C100)
    CEO/Executive Director: Michael Olivier
    Address:
    450 Laurel Street, Suite 1830
    Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Phone: (225) 382-3750
    Fax: (225) 336-5220
    Email: olivier@C100LA.org
    Website: www.c100la.org
    Mission: The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc. is a private non-profit organization whose membership includes the top CEOs of leading private and public companies in Louisiana and University presidents of Louisiana’s institutions of higher learning. C100 was created in 1992 to provide leadership and resources to bring about positive change in government, education and the economy to improve the quality of life for all the people of Louisiana. The Committee of 100 is a non-government organization (NGO) supported by leading business leaders in Louisiana dedicated to the state's long-term economic growth. The Committee’s primary focus is to assist the State to attract and retain industry, ensuring quality jobs for Louisianans.
  • Council For a Better Louisiana (CABL)
    CEO/Executive Director: Barry Erwin
    Address:
    251 Florida Blvd.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Phone: (225) 344-2225
    Fax: (225) 338-9470
    Email: erwin@cabl.org
    Website: www.cabl.org
    Mission: CABL was founded in 1962 with the mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens of Louisiana. CABL values cultural diversity within its programs, and is dedicated to the powerful ideas and issues that bind people together, as they work to move Louisiana forward.
  • Education’s Next Horizon
    CEO/Executive Director: John Warner Smith
    Address:
    412 North Fourth Street- Suite C
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Phone: (225) 383-3844
    Fax: (225) 383.3814
    Email:
    Website: www.ednexthorizon.org
    Mission: Education’s Next Horizon is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to PreK-12 education improvement in Louisiana. Our mission is two-fold: (1) to help frame the debate for comprehensive system-wide PreK-12 education reform and (2) to connect Louisiana’s leadership – education, government, business and community – as a force supporting school improvement.
  • Entergy Louisiana, LLC
    CEO/Executive Director: Sheila Pounders
    Address:
    446 North Boulevard
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Phone: (225) 281.5842
    Fax:
    Email: spounde@entergy.com
    Website: www.entergy-louisiana.com
    Mission: Entergy has a long history of support for the community, and we believe that reinvesting in the communities where we live and work will enhance the vitality and quality of life in those areas that are, in large part, responsible for our success. We recognize the importance of turning good intentions into positive action. It's not only good business. It is also simply the right thing to do. After all, we live here too, and our customers are our neighbors.
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)
    CEO/Executive Director: Stephen Waguespack
    Address:
    3113 Valley Creek Dr.
    Post Office Box 80258
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898-0258
    Phone: (225) 928-5388
    Fax: (225) 929-6054
    Email:
    Website: www.labi.org
    Mission: The mission of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry is to foster a climate for economic growth by championing the principles of the free enterprise system and by representing the general interests of the business community through active involvement in the political, legislative, judicial and regulatory processes.
  • Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children (LAEYC)
    CEO/Executive Director: Dr. Mark Irabor
    Address:
    201 St. Charles Avenue, #161
    New Orleans, LA 70170
    Phone: (504) 914-6549
    Fax:
    Email: drmarkirabor@yahoo.com
    Website: www.laeyc.com
    Mission: The Louisiana Area Association for the Education of Young Children (LAEYC) is a state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a national organization comprised of early care and education professionals. Our mission is to promote and support high quality care and education for young children through improved professional practice and broadened public awareness.
  • Louisiana BAEO
    CEO/Executive Director: Eric B. Lewis
    Address:
    7575 Jefferson Highway – Mailbox #23
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Phone: (800) 372-8073
    Fax: (504) 910-9983
    Email: eric@baeo.org
    Website: www.louisina.baeo.org
    Mission: The mission of the Black Alliance for Educational Options is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families.
  • Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families
    CEO/Executive Director:
    Address:
    P. O. Box 64507
    Baton Rouge, LA 70896
    Phone: (225) 236-8873
    Fax:
    Email: tiffany@lapartnership.org
    Website: www.lapartnership.org
    Mission: The mission of the Partnership is to improve the well-being of children and their families through public policy advocacy, communication, and the promotion of evidence-based programs.
  • Louisiana State Parent Teacher Association
    CEO/Executive Director: Giselle Allen
    Address:
    9151 Interline Avenue, Suite 1A
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Phone: (225) 927-7382
    Fax: (225) 927-9497
    Email: laptapresident@yahoo.com
    Website: www.louisianapta.org
    Mission:
  • Teach For America
    CEO/Executive Director: Michael Tipton
    Address:
    501 Government Street, Suite 100
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Phone: (225) 381-8163
    Fax: (225) 381-8234
    Email: michael.tipton@teachforamerica.org
    Website: www.teachforamerica.org
    Mission: Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.
Region 3
  • Assumption Parish Education Foundation
    CEO/Executive Director: Debi Benoit
    Address:
    613 Canal Blvd.
    Thibodaux, LA 70301
    Phone: (985) 493-2563
    Fax: (985) 493-2530
    Email: debi.benoit@nicholls.edu
    Website:
    Mission:
  • Iberville Foundation for Academic Excellence
    CEO/Executive Director: Jarja Wells Carville
    Address:
    P. O. Box 672
    Plaquemine, LA 70765
    Phone: (225) 687-4494
    Fax:
    Email: ibervillegrants@hotmail.com
    Website:
    Mission: The goal of the Iberville Foundation for Academic Excellence is to provide funding for innovative and creative projects, which promote academic excellence for a school, a grade level, or a subject area within Iberville Parish Schools. The vision of the Iberville Foundation for Academic Excellence is to endeavor to promote excellence and ensure the success of all students thru funding from multiple sources, endowments, and individuals within our community.
  • LaFourche Education Foundation
    CEO/Executive Director: Judy Theriot
    Address:
    P. O. Box 529
    Thibodaux, LA 70302
    Phone: (985) 446-8403
    Fax: (985) 446-8044
    Email: info@seeds4success.org
    Website: www.seeds4success.org
    Mission: The Lafourche Education Foundation (LEF) was founded in 1997 by local residents and business leaders who recognize that the strength of the community depends on the enrichment of public education. LEF's mission is to raise and invest funds for charitable purposes that support, improve and advance public education in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. In order to fulfill this mission, the 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization is committed to achieving the following goals: • Support teachers in their work and professional growth • Encourage best practices in education • Support innovative action that leads to academic excellence for students • Support and stimulate the learning process for the children of Lafourche Parish • Link community resources with school needs and school resources with community needs
  • St. John United Way
    CEO/Executive Director: Trista Brazan
    Address:
    299 Belle Terre Blvd. Suite AA
    LaPlace, LA 70068
    Phone: (985) 651-9118
    Fax: (985) 651-9110
    Email: tbrazan@stjohnunitedway.org
    Website: www.stjohnuw.org
    Mission: St. John United Way knows that real and sustained change in community conditions requires more than money. Our goal is to create long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues. Our community impact areas include promoting health, wellness and independence, assisting with basic and emergency needs, helping kids succeed, and strengthening community and families.
  • The Ascension Fund
    CEO/Executive Director: Mary Kruse
    Address:
    P. O. Drawer 670
    Gonzales, LA 70707
    Phone: (225) 647-0606
    Fax:
    Email: afund@eatel.net
    Website:
    Mission: The Ascension Fund, an instrument for private sector leaders to reward and inspire excellence in public education, by investing directly in the work of individual teachers and schools through grants for innovative ideas and programs in Ascension Parish public schools.
  • United Way for South Louisiana
    CEO/Executive Director: Alina Merlos
    Address:
    Whitney Bank Building
    7901 Main Street, Suite 210
    Houma, LA 70360
    Phone: (985) 879-2461
    Fax: (985) 872-9615
    Email: amerlos@uwsla.com
    Website: www.uwsla.com
    Mission: To be recognized as the best caring choice for donors and to provide financial support for local health and human service agencies benefiting our people.
Region 4
  • Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
    CEO/Executive Director: Jason El Koubi
    Address:
    804 East Saint Mary Blvd.
    Lafayette, LA 70503

    Phone: (337) 233-2705
    Fax: (337) 234-8671
    Email:
    Website: www.lafchamber.org
    Mission: The mission of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is to be the leading force in the improvement of the business environment, the economic health, development and prosperity of the region.
  • Lafayette Education Foundation
    CEO/Executive Director: na Broussard
    Address:
    P. O. Box 53649
    Lafayette, LA 70505
    Phone: (337) 234-3229
    Fax: (337) 234-9146
    Email: tina@lefoundation.org
    Website: www.lefoundation.org
    Mission: Lafayette Education Foundation promotes and supports excellence in education by: • developing supportive relationships between the private sector and the Lafayette Parish public school system. • providing private sector support to launch creative education initiatives. • implementing strategies to stimulate optimism and inspiration among educators, parents and students. • encouraging and facilitating lifelong learning initiatives.
  • Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council (LaPESC)
    CEO/Executive Director: Margaret Trahan
    Address:
    P. O. Box 52033
    Lafayette, LA 70505
    Phone: (337) 706-1232
    Fax:
    Email: Margaret.trahan@unitedwayofacadiana.org
    Website:
    Mission:
  • Louisiana Early Childhood Association (LAECA)
    CEO/Executive Director: Chris LeJeune
    Address:
    1383 E. Gallaugher Road
    Jennings, LA 70546
    Phone: (337) 824-8939 or (800) 215-9034
    Fax:
    Email: Lejcc824@hotmail.com
    Website: www.laeca.org
    Mission: The Louisiana Early Childhood Association (LAECA) is a non-profit early childhood organization for teachers, parents, caregivers and early care professionals dedicated to improving the lives of Louisiana's children from birth to eight years of age. Our regional association is the Southern Early Childhood Association.
  • Picard Center for Development and Lifelong Learning
    CEO/Executive Director: Dr. Billy Stokes, Ph.D.
    Address:
    P. O. Box 42730
    Lafayette, LA 70504
    Phone: (337) 482-1567
    Fax: (337) 482-1553
    Email: billy.stokes@louisiana.edu
    Website: www.picardcenter.org
    Mission: The Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning is a multi-disciplinary group of evaluation and research professionals who focus on early childhood, K-12 education and lifelong learning. The Center provides high-quality, rigorous evaluations of programs that are implemented to address learning from birth through adulthood. Applied research is continually conducted in all areas of child education, health, and well-being to ensure a prosperous and healthy future for all of Louisiana's children.
  • St. Landry-Evangeline United Way
    CEO/Executive Director: Ginger LeCompte
    Address:
    311 W. Vine Street
    Opelousas, LA 70570-5157
    Phone: (337) 942-7815
    Fax: (337) 942-7851
    Email: gingerlecompte@bellsouth.net
    Website: www.uwsle.org
    Mission:
  • United Way of Acadiana
    CEO/Executive Director: Margaret Trahan
    Address:
    215 E. Pinhook Road
    Lafayette, LA 70501
    Phone: (337) 706-1232
    Fax: (337) 233-8380
    Email: Margaret.trahan@unitedwayofacadiana.org
    Website: www.unitedwayofacadiana.org
    Mission: United Way of Acadiana is creating lasting change by focusing on the building blocks of a good life: essentials, education, and earnings. Our Mission: Volunteers. Resources. Solutions. • Volunteers: United Way of Acadiana mobilizes the caring power of Acadiana through volunteerism. • Resources: United Way of Acadiana leverages resources, including financial contributions, community expertise, in-kind contributions and relationships to fuel impact. • Solutions: United Way of Acadiana tackles root causes to urgent problems facing our communities by knowing the issues, identifying the barriers and obstacles, elevating the dialogue and convening partners. Our Vision: We will build a stronger Acadiana and advance the common good by mobilizing our communities to improve people's lives. United Way of Acadiana is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.
  • United Way of Iberia, Inc.
    CEO/Executive Director: Corleen Rouly
    Address:
    449 E. St. Peter, Suite 201
    New Iberia, LA 70560
    Phone: (337) 364-0424
    Fax: (337) 364-6101
    Email: director@unitedwayofiberia.org
    Website: www.unitedwayofiberia.org
    Mission: United Way of Iberia serves as a leader in finding solutions to issues that matter in our community. Working together with our community partners to identify and address pressing issues, since 1955 United Way has been Advancing the Common Good in Iberia Parish. The United Way of Iberia serves many different roles in Iberia Parish, serving the cities of New Iberia and Jeanerette, and the towns of Coteau, Loreauville, Delcambre and Lydia. United Way of Iberia, Inc. uniting to build a stronger, healthier, and more compassionate community.
Region 5
  • Family Foundation of SWLA Mission
    CEO/Executive Director: Julio R. Galan
    Address:
    220 Louie Street
    Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Phone: (337) 436-9533
    Fax: (337) 439-9941
    Email:
    Website: www.fyca.org
    Mission: The Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana serves as the endowment and philanthropic arm of Family & Youth, connecting donors to the priorities that enhance the quality of family and community life for generations to come. The foundation believes that investing in families secures the future of our community. In addition, the Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana promotes standards of excellence in the nonprofit sector, mission based advocacy and philanthropy.
  • Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce (SWLA)
    CEO/Executive Director: George Swift
    Address:
    120 West Pujo Street
    P. O. Box 3110
    Lake Charles, LA 70602-3110
    Phone: (337) 433-3632
    Fax: (337) 436-3727
    Email: gswift@allianceswla.org
    Website: www.allianceswla.org
    Mission: The mission of the Chamber Southwest is to develop Southwest Louisiana by creating economic opportunity, and demanding responsible government and quality education. The Chamber serves the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis. Our objective is to expand the service area to coincide with economic growth, the availability of organization resources and the interest of other adjacent areas. Simply put, a chamber of commerce is a group of businesses that have banded together to solve problems that a single business could not solve on its own.
  • United Way of Southwest LA, Inc.
    CEO/Executive Director: Denise Durel
    Address:
    715 Ryan Street, Suite 102
    Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Phone: (337) 433-1088
    Fax: (337) 433-3679
    Email: ddurel@unitedwayswla.org
    Website: www.kplcconnections.com
    Mission: Our mission is to unite the community for the assessment of human needs and the delivery of appropriate services. Our vision is to position the United Way system to become proactive in enabling volunteers, agencies and community groups to become increasingly involved in resolving community problems.
Region 6
  • Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce
    CEO/Executive Director: Elton Pody
    Address:
    1118 Third Street
    Alexandria, LA 71301
    Phone: (318) 442-6671
    Fax: (318) 442-6734
    Email: eltonpody@cenlachamber.org
    Website: www.cenlachamber.org
    Mission: The mission of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce is: To promote economic growth for Central Louisiana and its citizens; To serve as a business advocate for our members; and to foster a business climate that supports business and industry.
  • Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
    CEO/Executive Director: Jim Clinton
    Address:
    P. O. Box 465
    Alexandria, LA 71309
    Phone: (318) 441.3400
    Fax: (318) 442-6734
    Email: jclinton@cenla.org
    Website: www.centrallouisiana.org
    Mission: The mission of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance is to help people prosper in vibrant, thriving communities.
  • The Orchard Foundation
    CEO/Executive Director: Dr. Marjorie A. Taylor
    Address:
    1101 4th Street, Suite 203
    Alexandria, LA 71301
    Phone: (318) 767-6560
    Fax: (318) 448-4473
    Email: mataylor@theorchardfoundation.org
    Website: www.theorchardfoundation.org
    Mission: Orchards' Mission is to improve academic achievement for Central Louisiana students by promoting best practices; recruiting, retaining, and rewarding excellent and innovative teachers; building school leadership; and strengthening school and community relationships.
  • The Rapides Foundation
    CEO/Executive Director: Joseph R. Rosier
    Address:
    1101 4th Street, Suite 300
    Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
    Phone: (318) 443-3394
    Fax: (318) 443-8312
    Email: joe@rapidesfoundation.org
    Website: www.rapidesfoundation.org
    Mission: The mission of The Rapides Foundation is to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. Our vision is to positively impact Central Louisiana by deploying resources to improve key factors of health status.
  • United Way of Central Louisiana
    CEO/Executive Director: David Britt
    Address:
    1101 Fourth Street, Suite 202
    Alexandria, LA 71301
    Phone: (318) 443-7203
    Fax: (318) 443-0004
    Email: britt@unitedwaycenla.org
    Website: www.uwcl.org
    Mission: The United Way of Central Louisiana builds a stronger community by linking people and resources in nine parishes: Allen (Oakdale area), Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon and Winn.
Region 7
  • Alliance for Education
    CEO/Executive Director: Scott Hughes
    Address:
    820 Jordan Street #485
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    Phone: (318) 424-0599
    Fax: (318) 424-0690
    Email: shughes@alliance4education.org
    Website: www.alliance4education.org
    Mission: The Alliance For Education engages the community to improve the chances of every child graduating from high school prepared to succeed in life.
  • Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
    CEO/Executive Director: Richard H. Bremer
    Address:
    400 Edwards Street
    Shreveport, LA 71101-6134
    Phone: (318) 677-2523
    Fax: (318) 677-2541
    Email: dickbremer@shreveportchamber.org
    Website: www.shreveportchamber.org
    Mission: The mission of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce is to promote economic prosperity, serve as a business advocate, and celebrate the achievements of our region.
  • The Community Foundation of North Louisiana
    CEO/Executive Director: Paula Hickman
    Address:
    401 Edwards Street #105
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    Phone: (318) 221-0582
    Fax:
    Email: hickman@cfnla.org
    Website: www.nlacf.org
    Mission: The Community Foundation provides a variety of charitable funds and gift options to help our partners achieve their vision for a stronger, more vibrant community. By bringing together fund donors, their financial advisors and nonprofit agencies, the Foundation is a powerful catalyst for building charitable giving and effecting positive change in our area.
  • United Way of Northwest LA
    CEO/Executive Director: Dr. Bruce Wilson, Jr.
    Address:
    402 Edwards Street
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    Phone: (318) 677-2504
    Fax: (318) 698-4035
    Email: bruce@unitedway-nwla.org
    Website: www.unitedwaynwla.org
    Mission: United Way of Northwest Louisiana serves 13 parishes in our region of the state. We rely on experienced volunteers, loyal donors, effective partner agencies and dedicated staff to help us achieve our vision and mission. PURPOSE - Helping People and Improving Community. VALUES - Inclusiveness, Compassion, Integrity, Respect & Dignity, Positive Impact.
Region 8
  • Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana
    CEO/Executive Director: Linda Gavioli
    Address:
    1363 Louisville Avenue
    Monroe, LA 71201
    Phone: Phone Number: (
    Fax: (318) 323-1150
    Email: lgavioli@childrenscoalition.org
    Website: www.childrenscoalition.org
    Mission: The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana is an umbrella for several regional and local coalitions that work to bring about improvement in children's lives. The name of our agency reflects our continued belief that the best problem solving for children and families occurs at the local level with a collaborative effort from all parts of the community-non-profit, government agencies, civic and faith based organizations, businesses, families and individuals. While our commitment continues to coalition building and problem solving, the Children's Coalition has become an agency that delivers services in our four main focus areas: Early Care and Education, Health Care, Parenting and Youth Development. These services are the result of mandates from our member agencies and are designed to support their efforts to improve lives of children and families.
  • Monroe Chamber of Commerce
    CEO/Executive Director: Sue Nicholson
    Address:
    212 Walnut Street, Suite 100
    Monroe, LA 71201
    Phone: (318) 807-4015
    Fax: (318) 322-7594
    Email: sedmunds@monroe.org
    Website: www.monroe.org
    Mission: The Monroe Chamber is in business for business. We work in three strategic areas: Government and Infrastructure; Workforce Development and; Business Advocacy. Through focused, coordinated partnerships, the chamber will continue to work to create an environment in which our businesses thrive and grow.
  • Southern Early Childhood Association
    CEO/Executive Director: Dr. Janie Humphries
    Address:
    2310 Lily Drive
    Ruston, LA 71270
    Phone: (318) 255-0467
    Fax:
    Email: Humphries@latech.edu
    Website: www.SouthernEarlyChildhood.org
    Mission: The Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) is committed to improving the quality of care and education for young children and their families through advocacy and professional development.
  • United Way of Northeast Louisiana
    CEO/Executive Director: Janet Durden
    Address:
    1201 Hudson Lane
    Monroe, LA 71201-6005
    Phone: (318) 325-3869
    Fax: (318) 325-4329
    Email: jdurden@uwnela.org
    Website: www.uwnela.org
    Mission: United Way of Northeast Louisiana offers you something no one else can -- a way to join with others to identify and work on the issues our community cares about most. United Way is focused on... Helping People and Improving Community. United Way of Northeast Louisiana serves 13 parishes in our region of the state. We rely on experienced volunteers, loyal donors, effective partner agencies and dedicated staff to help us achieve our vision and mission. PURPOSE - Helping People and Improving Community, VALUES - Inclusiveness, Compassion, Integrity, Respect & Dignity, Positive Impact.
  • West Monroe/Ouachita Chamber of Commerce
    CEO/Executive Director: Mary Ann Newton
    Address:
    112 Professional Drive
    West Monroe, LA 71291
    Phone: (318) 325-1961
    Fax: (318) 325-4296
    Email: mnewton@westmonroechamber.org
    Website: www.westmonroechamber.org
    Mission: The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce assists the City of West Monroe in recruiting new business and industry. The facilitation of visits to the area is a service provided by the Chamber. Meeting with company officials, site selectors, and other involved parties is crucial to the continued growth and development of West Ouachita Parish. Establishing an exemplary relationship with City officials and Economic Developers is an important aspect of insuring quality expansion and providing a more positive business climate conducive to business growth is our focus.

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