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Gerri Hobdy
Director of Partnership Relations Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Louisiana

Gerri Hobdy is the Director of Partnership Relations for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. In that role she serves as the administrator of the Foundation’s disaster relief funds after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. Hobdy provided oversight for response programs including the InCourage Program , a mental health initiative for people impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

Hobdy facilitates the Foundation's partnership with the Louisiana Association of Non Profit Organizations (LANO), members of the regional Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disaster (VOAD) and other non-profits critical in response efforts. Some of the members of the VOAD include the Capital Area Food Bank, Capital Area Red Cross, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, the Salvation Army, Louisiana City Year, Capital Area United Way, and Volunteer Baton Rouge!

Hobdy's recent work includes convening non-profits and Faith Based organizations to prepare for future disasters. Following Katrina, Hobdy was responsible for the distribution of Lincoln Center's Higher Ground Fund that assisted over 200 musicians displaced by the Hurricanes and numerous music service organizations.

Hobdy also managed many other disaster funds including the Mercy Corps Fund, the Starbucks Coast Fund that supported community resiliency efforts, and the Avon Disaster Fund that supported domestic violence programs across the Gulf South Louisiana. She served on grant advisory committees for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps and the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Hobdy is a founding member of the Greater Baton Rouge Funder's Circle and the Council on Foundation's Literacy Funders Network. Former position's include a 10 year tenure as the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development and State Historic Preservation Officer in the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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