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Caroline Roemer Shirley
Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools

With more than 20 years of experience organizing, developing and managing corporate and political communications strategies and public policy initiatives, Caroline Roemer Shirley, has led the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools from a membership of zero schools less than 3 years ago, to one of more than 80+ members from throughout the state.

Born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, Caroline left her home in 1991 to work around the country on political campaigns, eventually founding her own consulting firm, Roemer Bell, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Clients have included mayors, congressmen, governors and Fortune 500 companies. However, her Louisiana roots run deep and she made the decision to return to her home state in 2005.

Caroline currently resides in New Orleans with her husband, John, their 2 year old son Owen, and their spectacular 14 year old Chihuahua, Eddie.

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?

Coming Soon!


05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges face our returning veterans?

Recent Topics


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

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


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

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?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

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