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Libbie Sonnier, PhD. 
Executive Director, Louisiana Policy Institute for Children

Libbie Sonnier, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Louisiana Policy Institute for Children

Libbie Sonnier, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children where she leverages her nearly 20-year career supporting young children and their families. Recognized for her tenacity and deep commitment to children, Dr. Sonnier has led teams in system-wide initiatives for the betterment of children, families, caregivers, and practitioners. In her first 18 months with the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, she helped secure $18M in new early care and education funding in the Louisiana budget and expand access to the state’s Child Care Assistance Program by 85% while doubling the organization’s research and media engagement outputs and securing the organization’s first seven figure grant.

Dr. Sonnier is the recipient of the Hulick Serving Spirit Fellowship Award for her commitment to individuals with disabilities across the life course, the Rotary Club’s Extraordinary Woman “Rising Star” Award, a New Orleans City Business 2020 Women of the Year honoree, and a 2020 Leadership Louisiana participant. Dr. Sonnier received a Doctor of Philosophy in human development from Virginia Tech, a Master of Education in early childhood intervention and family support services from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in special education with an emphasis in early childhood intervention from the University of Southern Mississippi.