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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


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?

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!


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?


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?

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