Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announces that he has accepted the resignation of Deputy Chief of Staff Dr. Adren Wilson who has led the Office of Programs and Planning within the Office of the Governor since 2018. Dr. Wilson will become the new executive director of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) – the Obama Foundation beginning in March 2022.

“Dr. Wilson has served admirably during his tenure with my administration, and his leadership will be greatly missed,” said Gov. Edwards.  “Adren led the largest portfolio in the Governor’s Office and brought the expanse of his knowledge, expertise and experience in government, non-profit and public policy, all of which played a pivotal role in helping communities statewide during many challenging times. In addition, he helped to advance important policies to help address some of the greatest needs of our citizens. I have every confidence that he will bring that same vigor and commitment to My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and the Obama Foundation. Donna and I will always be grateful for his service, counsel and friendship.” 

Under Dr. Wilson’s leadership, the Office of Programs and Planning successfully led efforts to establish more diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the administration by the creation of the Latino Commission, The Native American Commission and the Louisiana Council for the Success of Black Men and Boys; created the Community Mobilization Team, which worked to connect Louisianans to needed resources across multiple state agencies and departments; increased program integrity by evaluating and building more capacity for greater outcomes; expanded youth development programming; and strengthened Louisiana’s outreach work among faith leaders statewide.

“I am deeply grateful to Governor Edwards for giving me the opportunity to serve the people of Louisiana as a senior member of his administration,” said Dr. Wilson.  “I will always cherish my time on his team working to reach and engage communities across Louisiana. Working closely with the Governor and the First Lady has been one of the greatest honors of my career.  I am humbled to join the My Brother’s Keeper community and the Obama Foundation to continue the important work of transforming outcomes for boys and young men of color in our country.”