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Panelist Bio


Dan Juneau
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry President (LABI)

Dan Juneau has been president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry since 1989. He has spent over a quarter of a century fighting for key reforms necessary to improve Louisiana’s business climate and strengthen its economy.

Dan understands the challenges facing businesses at the local level from the perspective he gained by serving as general manager of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for 14 years. On the national level, he was twice elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Council of State Chambers of Commerce, and he currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Council of State Manufacturers Association (COSMA).

Dan and LABI have worked forcefully to improve education at all levels in Louisiana. Juneau is a strong supporter of alternative education and serves as the Chairman of the School Improvement Team at Northdale Magnet Academy, one of Louisiana’s first alternative high schools for at-risk youth. Dan is also a member of the governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence and, in addition to promoting educational choices for parents, Dan works hard to get qualified people into the classrooms by supporting alternative teaching programs such as those offered by Teach for America and The New Teacher Project.

Juneau feels that intervention in the legislative arena is a must for economic development and business success, and he firmly believes that an organized, unified approach from all sectors of the business community is the key to success at the Legislature.

Dan, and his wife Charmaine, have three children and two grandchildren.

Current Topic


     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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     05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

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     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?

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