Brooke Smith Director of Strategic Partnerships
Louisiana Office of Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu
In this role, she oversees the Louisiana Serve Commission, the Retirement Development Commission and the newly-created Office of Social Entrepreneurship, founded to advance social innovation by supporting the creation and growth of the most innovative, effective and accountable solutions to social problems affecting Louisiana’s citizens.
Prior to this position, Brooke served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Serve Commission. The Louisiana Serve Commission encourages volunteer service and administers AmeriCorps national service grants and Learn & Serve service-learning grants to community organizations and schools throughout the state.
Before returning to her native Louisiana and joining the state government, Brooke spent 12 years in Switzerland. After 7 years in the private sector working in the banking and technology industries in Zurich, Brooke switched to the nonprofit sector where she managed public/private partnerships and global advocacy efforts for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Union Against Cancer in Geneva.
What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.
Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)
Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.