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Panelist Bio


Garret Graves
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Garret Graves is currently the Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) and Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities.

The CPRA was established after Hurricane Katrina as the state agency leading hurricane protection, flood control, ecosystem restoration and other community resiliency efforts. His efforts to restructure and streamline Louisiana’s coastal programs and agencies resulted in increasing project output by more than 500 percent. The authority currently oversees a $17 billion coastal resiliency, hurricane protection and oil spill recovery program.

In his role as Executive Assistant for Coastal Activities, Graves is Governor Bobby Jindal’s advisor on policy issues related to offshore energy, fisheries, maritime and other uses and conservation of coastal resources.

Prior to joining the State of Louisiana, Graves served as an advisor to Senator John Breaux, Congressman Billy Tauzin, as well as the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Most recently, he was the Staff Director of the Climate Change and Impacts Subcommittee of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation where he worked with Chairmen Ted Stevens, David Vitter and other senators. During this time, he advised Members of Congress on energy, environment, water resources, transportation, maritime, defense, trade, foreign affairs, and budget issues.

Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Graves was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force where he was elected to serve as Vice Chair to Chair Lisa Jackson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on long-term recovery and resiliency efforts. Graves is lead trustee for the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster and directs the state’s oil spill recovery efforts. In this capacity, Graves collaborated with BP, federal agencies and Gulf States to negotiate an unprecedented $1 billion agreement for early restoration oil spill recovery projects in the gulf.

Current Topic


     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 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

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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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