Slocum to join Reilly Center as director


Jenee Slocum, who has extensive experience working in and studying Louisiana state government, will become director of the Manship School’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs.

Slocum has been policy director of the Louisiana Budget Project since February 2016. The group analyzes budget policy and how it affects low- to moderate-income families.  

Before that, she was director of the Workforce Investment Council of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The 53-member council is responsible for aligning workforce supply and demand. Earlier, she directed special projects for Louisiana Economic Development (LED), where her roles included research and writing policy briefings for the governor and LED secretary, and serving as a liaison between LED and the higher-education community.  

“Jenee’s deep understanding of state government gives her a head start in directing the Reilly Center, which uses the intellectual muscle of our faculty to help solve problems and advance good government,” said Dean Jerry Ceppos.  

“I’m thrilled to join the Manship School team and continue the Reilly Center tradition of harnessing the passion and scholarship of students and faculty to positively influence the pressing issues of our time and community,” said Slocum.  “This is a homecoming as an LSU and Manship graduate, I couldn’t be happier.”  

Slocum, a graduate of the Manship School and a former president of LSU’s Student Government, earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in education from UCLA. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and has worked in Brazil and Honduras. She has studied and written about higher education in the United States and in Latin America.