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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


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

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

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

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

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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?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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