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Panelist Bio


Adam Knapp
Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Restore Louisiana Task Force

Adam Knapp is the President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, which he joined in 2008. BRAC is responsible for leading economic development in the nine-parish Capital Area of Louisiana, and is ranked by Site Selection as one of the top 10 regional economic development organizations in the US. BRAC’s talented team leads business development efforts for the region in collaboration with a network of strategic partners, while at the same time leading efforts to enhance the region’s competitiveness and improve the conditions for additional business investment.

In September, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Mr. Knapp to the Restore Louisiana Task Force, which is charged with overseeing the state’s recovery efforts from the recent historic flooding across South Louisiana.

A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, he attended Davidson College near Charlotte, North Carolina, and also studied at Julius-Maximillian University in Germany and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Adam started his career in the private sector, where he worked in in Chicago and Silicon Valley as a consultant for Accenture, a global management consulting firm. After Accenture, Adam returned to Louisiana to serve Governors Mike Foster and Kathleen Blanco as Economic Development Advisor. He worked at Louisiana Economic Development, and, after the 2005 hurricanes, as Deputy Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Adam serves on the Boards of Directors for Teach for America, the Center for Planning Excellence, New Schools Baton Rouge, the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative, and attends University Presbyterian Church. He is married to Megan Johnson Knapp, and they have three young children, Sadie, Hattie, and Nicholas.

Current Topic


     11/18 - An Eye on Admissions

What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

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