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Panelist Bio


Chris Meyer
New Schools for Baton Rouge

Chris Meyer is founder and CEO of New Schools for Baton Rouge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating new, excellent schools for every child in the Achievement Zone – an area of North Baton Rouge where more than 12,000 students currently attend a failing school. He most recently served as Deputy Superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District and prior to that, Special Advisor to the Louisiana education superintendent, Paul Pastorek, and Director of Policy for the Department of Education. Chris was a member of the 2008-2009 class of White House Fellows, where he served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates.

He found his passion for public service as an educator in New Orleans, where he taught high school social studies and coached basketball at John McDonogh High School. Following the flood of New Orleans in 2005, he led over 200 evacuee students to achieve significant academic gains in a neighboring rural parish. Beyond the classroom, Meyer has contributed to numerous public service and policy efforts, including in the White House, United States Congress, Office of the Mayor of New York City, and for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was a Public Service Fellow and he is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University where he received his B.A. in Political Science and Political Economy.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recording Monday, February 20)


Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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