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David Sloane
Senior Managing Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for AARP

David Sloane is Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy for AARP. He is responsible for federal and state government relations, as well as the Association’s grassroots, e-Advocacy and voter education programs.

With more than twenty-five years of experience in the public affairs arena, Mr. Sloane has held numerous positions in both the public and private sectors. More than half of his career was spent in government service, including as a Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs to President George H. W. Bush; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Governmental Affairs for Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Hanford Dole; and Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to the late Senator John H. Chafee of Rhode Island. Mr. Sloane also has held lobbying positions for several business interests, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors and GTE Corporation.

He is a graduate of the School of Government and Public Administration, The American University, Washington, DC.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Monday, February 20)

Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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