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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


04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?

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?

Coming Soon!


05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges face our returning veterans?

Recent Topics


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?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

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