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Ann Silverberg Williamson
Louisiana's Secretary of the Department of Social Services

Throughout her professional career, Ann Silverberg Williamson has been committed to serving children and families in both the nonprofit and governmental sectors. Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco appointed Williamson as Louisiana's secretary of the Department of Social Services (DSS) in 2004 after more than two years as assistant secretary in the Office of Family Support and as DSS deputy secretary. She developed the first Louisiana's Promise "Summit for Youth" and coordinated community-based followup for then-Lt. Gov. Blanco. Secretary Williamson graduated with honors from Louisiana State University with a master's degree in social work and from Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., with a bachelor's degree in theology.

Current Topic


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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