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Panelist Bio


James C. Hou
Hero2Hired, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

James C. Hou is the Employment Coordinator for Louisiana, under the Department of Defense’s Hero2Hired program.

As the Employment Coordinator, Mr. Hou works with Guard and Reserve servicemembers, and veterans and military spouses, to find employment that fits their talents and experiences.

He also conducts outreach with civilian employers to educate on the skillsets of military servicemembers. He has also served in an advisory capacity with Fortune 500 companies as they develop veteran recruitment and retention programs (Apollo Global Management, Starbucks, and Yahoo, among others).

Prior to his current position, Mr. Hou served as the Career Advisor for Tulane University’s MBA program.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Missouri and a Juris Doctor from Tulane.

He is also a veteran, serving as a combat medic with the Missouri Army National Guard from 2001-2005, and as an officer with the 101st Airborne Division from 2005-2010.

Current Topic


     06/17 - Black & the Blue (ENCORE)

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.

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