Baton Rouge, LA– Today, at the Committee of 100 Breakfast, Governor Jeff Landry announced that Susan Bonnett Bourgeois will serve as the Secretary of the Department of Louisiana Economic Development (LED). 


“I am excited to announce that Susan Bourgeois will lead the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. Susan is exactly what this department needs to move Louisiana’s economy forward and put us on the playing field with our southern neighbors. I look forward to the great work she will do for our state,” said Governor Jeff Landry. 


“I am honored that Governor Landry has chosen me to help lead our State into the prosperous, vibrant future we deserve. Louisiana is blessed with resources other states can only envy - we have spoils of riches in natural resources, geographic positioning, and deep-rooted legacy industries. I look forward to working alongside Governor Landry to create a welcoming and thriving business environment so our children and grandchildren will never again have to leave for opportunity elsewhere,” said Susan Bonnett Bourgeois. 



Susan Bonnett Bourgeois has three decades of experience in building, transforming, andsustaining organizations through strategic planning, project development, fundraising, andadvocacy. Susan is currently President of SBB Consulting and President Emeritus of theNorthshore Community Foundation, having served as the CEO for 17 years since its founding. Created through her vision and developed under her tenure, the Foundation grew from a “good idea” to an $86 million dollar engine for philanthropic impact in South Louisiana. Before launching the Foundation, Susan was President of Bonnett & Co., a governmental and public affairs consulting firm specializing in insurance interest and advocacy. 


Prior to her consulting, Susan held multiple roles in Louisiana Governor M. J. Foster’sAdministration, including Director of Administrative Affairs and Special Assistant to the Governor. She is an active member of the International Women’s Forum and serves in leadership roles on several Boards, including past Chairman of GNO, Inc., a Board member of the Northshore Business Council and Lakeview Regional Medical Center. Known for her visionary acumen, Susan emphasizes innovation, collaboration, and meaningful alliances, all of which are critical components to creating thriving communities and a thriving state. Susan and her husband, Mace Bourgeois, have four grown children and live in Covington, Louisiana.