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E. Reid Brau
Executive Director, American Red Cross - Northwest Louisiana Chapter

E. Reid Brau has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross since 1989. Mr. Brau has been with the Red Cross for almost 31 years. The Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross covers an area spanning ten parishes. He also serves as the Regional Executive Director for the North Louisiana Red Cross chapters, including Central and Northeast Louisiana, an area covering 30 parishes.

Mr. Brau works with his chapter Board of Directors, the American National Red Cross, his community chapters, staff and the general public on a daily basis. He is the chief liaison between the Red Cross and regional organizations such as the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He works closely with the politicians and leaders in several of the major cities throughout north Louisiana. He also spearheads all Northwest Louisiana Red Cross Disaster Response. In fact, Mr. Brau has been with Red Cross for all five of the biggest disasters to hit our area or the nation (Bossier Tornado - 1978, North Louisiana Floods - 1991, Benton Tornado - 1999, September 11th - 2001, Hurricanes Katrina & Rita - 2005). He has watched the face of disaster response change dramatically over the years, evolving into what it has become today - a much more interactive, personal approach.

Mr. Brau is a past member of the Board of Directors for Noel United Methodist Church, the North Shreveport Industrial Park and the Caddo Council on Aging. He is a member of the Rotary Club and serves on several committees related to disaster preparedness. Mr. Brau has a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is married with two daughters: Heather, an interior designer in Florida and Molly, an accomplished artist who is currently a senior at LSU in Baton Rouge.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Patricia Smith / Guest Moderator / College of Government and Social Sciences, Southern University

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