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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.

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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

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06/16 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces (encore)

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

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04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?

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