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.  

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.

 

 

William Boles
Louisiana Department of Health,
Secretary Rebekah Gee

William is a senior at Louisiana State University, and is from Monroe, Louisiana. William attends the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College, where he is majoring in Microbiology and Biological Sciences, with a minor in psychology. He works in the lab of Dr. Gus Kousoulas researching the use of Herpes Simplex Type I as a vaccine vector. William is the founder and student director of LASAL Project 225, which aims to bridge racial and socioeconomic divides in the Baton Rouge community. William is interested in infectious disease and sexual health research and policy. 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay Cooper
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority,
CPRA Board Chairman Johnny Bradberry

Lindsay is a senior at Tulane University, and is from Mandeville, Louisiana. Lindsay is majoring in Environmental Studies and Political Science with minors in Marine Biology and Public Policy. Lindsay was an Environmental Policy Intern for No Waste NOLA and a Water Resources Intern for the Gulf Restoration Network. She was the president of the Tulane University Green Club, where she increased on-campus recycling and began composting on campus. Lindsay is interested in coastal restoration and environmental policy. 

 

 

 

 

Jared Johnson
Office of the Governor

Jared is a sophomore at Louisiana Tech, and is from Benton, Louisiana. Jared is majoring in Economics with a minor in Political Science. Jared serves as the Treasurer of the Louisiana Tech Student Government Association and was a counselor at Louisiana Boys State. Jared is also a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and serves on the Union Board. Jared is interested in business policy and government efficiency. 

 

 

 

 

Kobie Lain
Department of Transportation and Development,
Secretary Shawn Wilson

Kobie is a senior at Southern University, and is from Fayetteville, Georgia. Kobie is majoring in Political Science. Kobie is a quarterback for Southern University’s football team and served as the Junior Class Chief of Staff of Southern University’s Student Government Association from 2017-2018. Kobie is interested in urban planning and progressive economic development. 

 

 

 

 

Seth Leto
Louisiana Economic Development,
Secretary Don Pierson

Seth is a senior at Southeastern Louisiana University, and is from Amite, Louisiana. Seth is majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. Seth is the former president of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Student Government Association. He has been an intern for Congressman Steve Scalise, the Inner Parish Security Corporation and the Hammond Downtown Development District. Seth is interested in economic development and small-business growth. 

 

 

 

 

Regina Mungwe
Department of Public Safety and Corrections,
Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc

Regina is a Public Policy and Urban Affairs PhD candidate at Southern University, and is from Cameroon. Regina received her Bachelors’ in Law from the University of Buea in Cameroon, and she received her Masters’ in Criminal Justice from Southern University. Regina is a research scholar with the International Center for Information Technology and Development at Southern University. She also has experience as an International Relations Officer for Giving Life Nature, a non-governmental organization in Ghana. Regina is interested in cyber security and its role in the labor force. 

 

 

 

 

Tanisha Pruitt
Louisiana Workforce Commission,
Executive Director Ava Dejoie

Tanisha is a Public Policy PhD candidate at Southern University, and is from Columbus, Ohio. Tanisha received her Bachelors’ in Sociology from Miami University and her Masters in Applied Behavioral Science from Wright State University. Tanisha is also a research scholar with the International Center for Information Technology and Development, as well as a member of the Northeastern Educational Research Association and the Black Law Enforcement Organization. Tanisha is the co-founder and president of The Nelson Mandela Institute for Research at Southern University. Tanisha is interested in educational policy and Criminal Justice Reform. 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Rader
Louisiana State Police,
Colonel Kevin Reeves

Alexander is a senior at Louisiana State University, and is from Dallas, Texas. Alexander is majoring in Biological Sciences and Psychology. Alexander volunteers at Open Health Care Clinic and Hospice of Baton Rouge, and he recently received his Emergency Medical Technician license. Alexander is interested in mental and physical health policy. 

 

 

 

 

Tatiana Gonzalez-Quiroga
Juvenile Justice,
Secretary James Bueche

Tatiana is a junior at Louisiana State University, and is originally from Mexico, but now lives in Mandeville, Louisiana. Tatiana is majoring International Studies and Political Science. She is the president of the LSU’s National Alliance on Mental Illness on Campus, is an LSU Ambassador and is part of the President’s Millennial Scholars at LSU. Tatiana is interested in mental health policy.

 

 

 

      

Zoe Williamson
Office of the Governor

Zoe is a junior at Louisiana State University, and is from St. Francisville, Louisiana. Zoe is majoring in Political Communication with a minor in Political Science. Zoe is the incoming president of Geaux Vote LSU and is a Campus Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. She previously served as the Director of Communications for LSU Student Government. Zoe is interested in voter outreach and transparent government communication.