Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the 10 college students who have been chosen to participate in the inaugural Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government. This is an opportunity for the students to gain first-hand knowledge about the development and implementation of public policy as well as the state’s rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government. The program is a partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
“I’m thrilled to have these students join us and inspired by their excitement for Louisiana and learning how they can be of service in moving our state to the next level,” said Gov. Edwards. “This program will provide an invaluable learning experience for the students and an opportunity for us to engage with young people who have a genuine interest in becoming the future leaders of our state, and that’s encouraging. Congratulations to everyone.”
The students are either from Louisiana or are attending a Louisiana university or college. Each one has been assigned to work in a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge based on their interest of study. In addition to working within the state agencies, they will also participate in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance their overall experience and understanding of Louisiana government.
Here's this year's class:
William Boles- Louisiana Dept. of Health, Sec. Rebekah Gee
Lindsey Cooper- Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, CPRA Board Chairman Johnny Bradberry
Jared Johnson- Office of the Governor
Kobie Lain- Dept. of Transportation and Development, Sec. Shawn Wilson
Seth Leto- Louisiana Dept. of Economic Development, Sec. Don Pierson
Regina Mungwe – Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections, Sec. Jimmy Leblanc
Tanisha Pruitt- Louisiana Workforce Commission, Executive Director Ava Dejoie
Alexander Rader- Louisiana State Police, Col. Kevin Reeves
Tatiana Gonzalez–Quiroga - Office of Juvenile Justice, Sec. James Bueche
Zoe Williamson–Office of the Governor
The students will receive student housing on LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge (participants are encouraged to stay on campus), three hours of course credit offered through Louisiana State University’s Public Administration Institute and up to a $1,500 stipend for additional expenses. The stipend is funded through private donations and is being administered through the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.