Our 2020 Agenda will be posted in February!
LANO Advocacy Day is a time for Louisiana nonprofit leaders and their supporters to meet with elected officials and have their missions heard! This year’s Advocacy Day will focus on the power of collaboration between the nonprofit, for-profit, & public sectors.
The State Library of Louisiana is located at 701 N 4th St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
|8:00 – 8:20 AM||Registration & Breakfast|
|8:20 – 8:35 AM||Welcoming Remarks – Kelly Pepper, LANO President & CEO|
|8:35 – 9:00 AM||State Senator Dan Claitor|
|9:00 – 9:25 AM||Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser|
|9:25 – 9:50 AM||Congressman Garret Graves|
|10:30 – 11:15 AM||Q & A Panel with Local Legislature:
|11:15 – 11:45 AM||Mission Moment – Susan East Nelson, Executive Director of Louisiana Partnership for children and Families|
State Senator Dan Claitor
Senator Dan Claitor was born and raised in Baton Rouge and is a product of the Baton Rouge public schools. Dan graduated from LSU in 1983 with a degree in finance and from Loyola Law School of New Orleans in 1987.
Dan tried his first jury trial, the defense of a manslaughter case, as a senior in law school in the fall of 1986. That year he was awarded the 1986-1987 Charles C. Foti, Jr. Award for Excellence in the Field of Criminal Justice. After graduation, Dan returned to the courtroom as an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish. He prosecuted thousands of cases that ranged from child support issues to murder. Since leaving the District Attorney’s Office in 1990, Dan has been self-employed. Collectively, Dan has tried more than 100 admiralty, civil and criminal jury trials.
Dan has been the Louisiana State Senator for District 16 since April 14, 2009, when he was elected in a rough and tumble campaign in which Governor Jindal actively opposed him. Dan was re-elected in 2011 without opposition and elected again in 2016. Dan’s reputation in the Legislature is that he is prepared and inquisitive. Dan designed and carried through the legislative process important legislation relative to access to charter schools by those with developmental disabilities, transparency in the Governor’s Office, and buy in and oversight of Office of Group Benefits rate setting.
Dan has been an active member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Law Day Committee for many years and encourages you to participate in that event.
Lieutenant Billy Nungesser
Billy Nungesser is the 54th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Louisiana. He was elected in 2015 and began his term in January of 2016. Billy left a career as a successful businessman to begin his political career following Hurricane Katrina.
In 2005, Nungesser and his wife Cher rode out Hurricane Katrina at their ranch in southern Plaquemines Parish. In response to his own frustration over the slow response from government following Hurricane Katrina, Billy decided to run for Plaquemines Parish President in 2006. He was re-elected in 2010 with over 70% of the vote.
On April 20, 2010, Plaquemines Parish became Ground Zero for the nation’s biggest environmental disaster. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf, Billy became the voice of Louisiana’s frustration.
During the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the New York Times named him the “hardest working man in Louisiana” and ABC named him Person of the Week during the same period. He continues to be the “hardest working man in Louisiana” to date on behalf of all of us.
Today Billy is second in command in the executive branch and Louisiana’s ambassador as Commissioner of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. From natural disasters to promoting our great state…Billy Nungesser is a man for all of Louisiana.
Congressman Garret Graves
Congressman Garret Graves represents Louisiana’s Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Garret is the Ranking Member for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation for the 116th Congress and serves on the House Natural Resources.
Last Congress, Graves chaired the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and was instrumental in the development, passage and enactment of a range of policy wins on rivers, levees, flood protection, coastal issues and Corps of Engineers reforms. He also brought about critical upgrades to federal disaster response and recovery programs, streamlining FEMA operations, creating faster recoveries and helping make communities across the nation more resilient to disaster.
Though he has only been in office a short time, Garret and his team have established a record of advancing Louisiana’s priorities through Congress – making a positive difference here at home. Garret’s leadership on transportation, infrastructure, energy, maritime, fisheries, coastal restoration, disaster and other issues critical to our state’s economy and way of life are an asset in Congress
Stephen Paul Wright JD, Principal Consultant for Seersucker Strategies, LLC
Seersucker Strategies was formed by Stephen Wright in 2018 to be a 360 degree tool to meet your advocacy and association management needs. We are a lobbying firm who understands the complexity and impact government has from the federal to the community level. Our firm will provide the specialization needed to ensure your voice is heard. Our firm providers government affairs, association management and policy analysis services.
Before opening the firm, Stephen was the Executive Director of State Affairs and Federal Health Policy for Tulane University. Here he engaged with state and federal agencies from issues ranging from healthcare to coastal restoration. Prior to this he served as a executive manager to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary at the Department of Health working as a liaison to local governmental entities around the state and helping to roll out state-wide behavioral health initiatives.
Stephen has additionally spent time in government affairs at Southern Strategy Group, as an assistant to the Louisiana Speaker of the House, and doing development and outreach for nonprofits such as the Child Advocacy Centers. Stephen received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University and his law degree from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans.
State Senator Wesley T. Bishop, District 4
Senator Bishop was elected on October, 2015 to represent the Louisiana’s 4th Senatorial District with 65% of the votes cast in a three-person field. In that capacity, he serves as Vice Chair of the Senate & Governmental Affairs committee, as well as a member of the Finance, Labor, Judiciary, Homeland Security, Audit Advisory and Joint Budget committees.
A native of the lower ninth ward in New Orleans, he currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Southern University at New Orleans. In this capacity, he is the youngest senior level administrator in the history of the university. He is also a practicing attorney and serves Of Counsel at the Middleburg Riddle Group.
Senator Bishop holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans, where he served as Student Body President. He earned a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi – where he finished first in his class. Additionally, he received a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law.
State Representative Royce Duplessis, District 93
Royce Duplessis is the owner of Duplessis Law Firm, where he focuses on personal injury litigation. Royce also proudly serves as a Louisiana State Representative for District 93 (which includes the neighborhoods of Treme, 7th Ward, French Quarter, Tulane/ Gravier, CBD, Warehouse District, Central City, and Garden District).
Prior to starting his own practice and being elected to the state legislature, Royce served as Special Counsel for the Louisiana Supreme Court, focusing on state and local criminal justice reform policy for Chief Justice Bernette Johnson.
Royce is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and Howard University School of Law. After serving as a law clerk for Judge Thomas J. Motley on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Royce returned home to New Orleans to practice energy regulatory law with an international law firm.
Royce is the former Chairman of the New Orleans City Planning Commission and the Immediate Past President of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, an National Bar Association (NBA) affiliate. He is married to Krystle Ferbos, and they are the proud parents to one daughter, Reese Ava.
State Representative Edward C. “Ted” James II, District 101
Ted James was elected to serve as Louisiana State Representative for District 101 in November of 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern University and is a cum laude graduate of the Southern University Law Center.
His current committee assignments include the powerful Ways and Means Committee as well as the Administration of Criminal Justice, Labor and Industrial Relations, and Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay. During the 2018 legislative session, Rep. James was elected as the Vice Chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. He is also a member of the Democratic Caucus and Capital Region Legislative Delegation.
Ted is also a practicing attorney skilled at handling criminal defense cases. He was recently named as the Director of the Baton Rouge Office of Urban League Louisiana in a recent expansion of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans to a statewide operation. Ted is an active member of Beacon Light Baptist Church and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
His many awards and distinctions include Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” award, recognition by the National Chapter of the NAACP as one of the “Top 40 Power Players under 40” in the country who have shown exemplary service in their field, and the National Bar Association’s 2013 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40. But his greatest distinction
is that he and his beautiful wife Veronica recently welcomed the arrival of their precious daughter Harper Ryan James.
State Representative C. Denise Marcelle, District 61
C. Denise Marcelle is a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, serving District 61, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. First elected to the chamber in 2015, Marcelle currently serves on the Criminal Justice, Transportation, Highways and Public Works and Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committees. Additionally, Representative Marcelle serves as the 2018 Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Whip for both regular and special sessions.
On June 2, 2016, Representative Marcelle was a contender for the 2016 East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President election.
Representative Marcelle served on the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council from 2009-2015, a seat she held until her advancement to the Louisiana House of Representatives.
She is currently a board member of Community Coordinated Response Team, Co-Chair of the Dumas House Board, Baton Rouge Learning Center, Treasurer of East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, Vice Chair of the Democratic Parish Executive Committee (DPEC), Democratic State Central Committee, Baton Rouge Police Department Body Camera Pilot Program and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Representative Marcelle is also the speaker designee for the Louisiana Body Camera Implementation Task Force.
She received her BA from Southern University in Criminal Justice and is the Director of Community Outreach at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys. She has worked in the legal field for over 30 years and is a licensed Notary Public. She is very active in her church, Disciples Outreach Ministry, where she serves on the ministerial staff. Representative Marcelle enjoys serving her community, shopping and traveling. She is the mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Representative Malinda B. White, District 75
State representative Malinda White is a member of the House of Representatives from Bogalusa, in District 75. She sits on the following committees: Transportation, Highways and Public Works, Natural Resources and Environment, and Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs
Prior to her election, Rep. White was a leader in community affairs.
Among her accomplishments are being founder and executive co-chairwoman of the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival. She also was a member of the Washington Parish Commission on Human Services, was a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children, and a board member for the Youth Services Bureau of St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. She also served on boards promoting natural sites, parks and the parish fair.
She and her husband, Danny, own and operate White’s Business Machines. They have two daughters and a son.
Susan East Nelson, Executive Director of Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families
Susan East Nelson is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, the only statewide organization connecting child-serving organizations together to advocate for better outcomes for children. Prior to becoming Executive Director in 2018, Ms. Nelson served as Legislative Director for the organization leading policy and advocacy strategy. In her capacity representing the Partnership, Ms. Nelson sits on the HCR21 Taskforce (analyzing child support enforcement fees); the SCR10 Taskforce (reporting on Youth Aging out of Foster Care in Louisiana); Child Advocacy Resource Effort (CARE)/Louisiana Children’s Justice Act (CJA) Committee; the Act581/Empowering Families to Live Well Council (Governor’s Appointee); and the Louisiana Workforce Investment Board (Governor’s Appointee). Ms. Nelson also served as part of the Research Advisory Committee for the 2018 Louisiana ALICE Report and is a member of the Louisiana Anti-Hunger Coalition and the Access to Care Coalition.
Ms. Nelson is also Principal/Owner of PFD Consulting, a small-business consulting firm that supports organizations with legislative analysis, government relations, grant writing, and 501c3 regulation. Ms. Nelson helps her clients find solutions to their toughest problems with her over 25 years of experience in journalism, politics, community development and public policy
Ms. Nelson is a cum laude graduate of Southern University Law Center (SULC) where she received the Public Law Certification. She is currently an attorney licensed to practice in Louisiana, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, and she serves as an adjunct professor of law at SULC. As part of her law school research she published papers on internet crimes against children and was the co-founder of the Legislative Drafting Institute for Child Protection. While in law school, Ms. Nelson studied U.S. Food Policy at Vermont Law and competed extensive research on the U.S. Farm Bill and food deserts in Louisiana. Ms. Nelson currently sits on the Board for the Louisiana Budget Project where she volunteers her legal and organizational expertise.