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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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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.

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

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” 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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