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Panelist Bio

Nihal Shrinath
The Data Center

Nihal Shrinath is Data Manager and Research Associate for the Data Center. The Data Center collects data on disaster recovery, regional economic analysis, workforce development, racial disparity indicators, blight reduction, affordable housing, and coastal population movements for Southeast Louisiana.

Nihal leads the Data Center’s research on the development of the water management cluster in Southeast Louisiana as published in The Coastal Index series. Nihal is an economic scholar with an acute passion for demographic and geographic trends as well as issues of urban revitalization and environmental sustainability. He also provides research and analysis, for The Data Center’s many information products.

Nihal came to The Data Center in 2014 from Resource Environmental Solutions (RES), a wetlands mitigation provider where he directed data analysis and land mapping for the Emerging Markets team in addition to overseeing the regulatory approval of environmental restoration plans. At RES, he used federal databases and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to analyze mitigation demand and he used publically available environmental datasets to identify environmentally fragile wetlands and streams. He also developed integrated systems for land search, sales prospecting, and expansion.

Before RES, Nihal worked as a developer and integration specialist at a Health IT start-up in New Orleans. He originally came to New Orleans as part of the Venture for America fellowship, a program designed to place young graduates in start-ups in America’s economically transitioning cities. Nihal holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Computer Science from Amherst College, and hails from Boston, Massachusetts.

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     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state? Take the survey!
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Southern University Vice President for External Affairs, Robyn Merrick, host the discussion.

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