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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


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?

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!


08/15 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference

What difference has a decade made?

Recent Topics


06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police in Louisiana?


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?

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