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Valerie Keller
Chief Executive Officer, The Outreach Center

As CEO of the Outreach Center based in Lafayette, Valerie Keller leads a dynamic team dedicated to restoring shattered lives through comprehensive social services including housing and employment assistance, skills training, and substance abuse recovery programs for more than 5,000 low-income citizens each year. The Outreach Center's campus also features social enterprises and plans are underway for a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development.

Appointed by former Governor Blanco to the LA Housing and Economic Development Task Force and the Louisiana Recovery Authority Housing Task Force, Keller also serves on the boards of the Louisiana Housing Alliance, the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Council for A Better Louisiana (CABL) Regional Advisory Board, the Louisiana Alliance of Information and Referral System (LAAIRS), the Louisiana 211 Coordinating Council, and serves as co-chair of the Louisiana Advocacy Coalition for the Homeless (LACH) and the Louisiana Supportive Housing Coalition. She is a recipient of the “Chase Bank 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition” award, the Change Agent Network's Humanitarian of the Year award, and is alumni of Leadership Louisiana and Leadership Lafayette.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Keller continued post-graduate work through executive education at Harvard’s School of Business and the Kennedy School of Government.

Current Topic


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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!


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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