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Brooke Smith
Director of Strategic Partnerships Louisiana Office of Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu

In this role, she oversees the Louisiana Serve Commission, the Retirement Development Commission and the newly-created Office of Social Entrepreneurship, founded to advance social innovation by supporting the creation and growth of the most innovative, effective and accountable solutions to social problems affecting Louisiana’s citizens.

Prior to this position, Brooke served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Serve Commission. The Louisiana Serve Commission encourages volunteer service and administers AmeriCorps national service grants and Learn & Serve service-learning grants to community organizations and schools throughout the state.

Before returning to her native Louisiana and joining the state government, Brooke spent 12 years in Switzerland. After 7 years in the private sector working in the banking and technology industries in Zurich, Brooke switched to the nonprofit sector where she managed public/private partnerships and global advocacy efforts for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Union Against Cancer in Geneva.

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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