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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


06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police in Louisiana?

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!


07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

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

Recent Topics


05/15 - Innovation Matters

What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?


04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?


03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?


02/15 - Dollars per Barrel: Oil Prices & Louisiana

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana from the drop in prices?

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