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Gwen Hamilton
Director of Programs Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Gwen Hamilton spearheads education initiatives and the project to rebuild Old South Baton Rouge for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. She has served as Secretary for the Department of Social Services and as both Executive Director of the Children's Cabinet and Deputy Education Policy Advisor under Governor Mike Foster.

Gwen is a board member of the Louisiana Board of Ethics, Metro YMCA, Academic Distinction Fund and Advance Baton Rouge, among others.

A native of Baton Rouge, Gwen holds a degree in Secondary Education from Southern University, and she has devoted the vast majority of her career to developing and implementing policies that advance social and educational opportunities for Baton Rouge youth.

Current Topic


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

Recent Topics


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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