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Janet Pace
Executive Director, Volunteer Louisiana, Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Janet Pace is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Serve Commission, responsible for oversight of the various programs of the commission, including AmeriCorps*State, Learn and Serve America and Volunteer Louisiana.

Prior to this, Janet served as Director of Volunteer Outreach for the Louisiana Serve Commission, responsible for promoting an ethic of service throughout the state by creating and implementing strategic volunteer initiatives and supporting collaborative efforts among nonprofits, faith-based organizations and state agencies.

She has also served as President & CEO of Volunteer! Baton Rouge. During her tenure at VBR!, the agency was named the 2005 National Volunteer Center of the Year by the Points of Light Foundation and also received the National VOAD Long-Term Recovery Partnership Award for their work during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Janet has been an active volunteer in her community, serving on the boards of several nonprofits addressing public education and children’s issues. She has also served as an East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member. Janet received bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She worked in Corporate Communications for Pennzoil, Hydril and Texas Instruments. She has served on the boards of Academic Distinction Fund, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Childrens Coalition, Volunteers in Public Schools, Playmakers and Young Leaders Academy. She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership/Greater Baton Rouge and is a sustainer in the Junior League of Baton Rouge. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at LSU.

Current Topic


04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges face our returning veterans?

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How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


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How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


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What is living in poverty like?

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