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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


06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police 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!


07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

Recent Topics


05/15 - Innovation Matters

What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?


04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?


03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?


02/15 - Dollars per Barrel: Oil Prices & Louisiana

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana from the drop in prices?

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