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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.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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