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Ann Silverberg Williamson
President and CEO, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO)

Ann Silverberg Williamson is a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and a career-long public servant. Before leading LANO, Williamson served the Louisiana Department of Social Services (DSS) from 2001-2008, holding consecutive posts as Assistant Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and beginning in 2004, department Secretary. While at DSS, Williamson championed the development of the integrated human service delivery program known as "No Wrong Door" and led the department's emergency response to catastrophic hurricanes impacting the state. During her tenure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded DSS the Pinnacle Award, a national citation of excellence, for the department's efforts following the storms. Williamson graduated from Wofford College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina with a degree in theology; she then returned to Louisiana to earn a master's in Social Work from LSU. After graduation, Williamson served as Assistant Director of the newly formed LANO, managing the America’s Promise program. She has been recognized as one of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Influential Women and received awards from both Wofford College and LSU as a Distinguished Alumna. Williamson and her husband Tyler live in Baton Rouge with their three children.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

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

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!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


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?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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