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Janet Howard
President & CEO, Bureau of Governmental Research, New Orleans

Janet Howard is the president and chief executive officer of the Bureau of Governmental Research, a non-profit, nonpartisan research group dedicated to informed public policy making in the New Orleans area. Prior to joining BGR, Ms. Howard practiced commercial and banking law in New Orleans, New York City and London. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

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10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

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11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

Recent Topics


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

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


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?

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