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Melanie Guste
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO)

Dr. Guste earned both her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. She has also received Master’s Degrees in Administration and Supervision (M.Ed.) and Applied Spirituality (MAS).

Dr. Guste has over 20 years of administrative experience in human and social services. As an independent consultant in Baton Rouge for the last 11 years, she has worked extensively with nonprofit, church and state government agencies, including: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana - The Caring Foundation; the Pew Civic Entrepreneur Project; the Academic Distinction Fund; the Diocese of Baton Rouge; and several state agencies. She specializes in large-scale educational and organizational design and change initiatives.

Dr. Guste is a native of New Orleans and an active member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, an international Catholic community of religious sisters in 49 countries of the world and 19 geographic areas of the United States. In Louisiana, the community is located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Grand Coteau.

Current Topic


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?

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!


08/15 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference

What difference has a decade made?

Recent Topics


06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police in Louisiana?


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?

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