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Jan Moller, Executive Director

225.614.9126 ext. 1, jan@labudget.org
Jan Moller is director of the Louisiana Budget Project, which monitors and reports on state government spending and how it affects Louisiana’s low- to moderate-income families. He is an award-winning journalist formerly with the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s state capital bureau, where he covered the state budget, health-care policy, higher education and races for Louisiana governor and U.S. Senate seats.

Before moving to Louisiana in 2003, he covered local and national politics at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and worked as a reporter and editor in Washington, D.C., primarily with the syndicated columnist Jack Anderson. As an investigative reporter, Moller’s work led to reforms in Louisiana’s nursing home regulation and uncovered ethics violations by city officials in Nevada. Born in Sweden, Moller was raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C.

Jeanie Donovan, Policy Director

Jeanie Donovan 225.614.9126 ext. 6, jeanie@labudget.org
Jeanie Donovan is the policy director at LBP and focuses on a range of issues related to health policy, economic justice, and food security in Louisiana. Prior to joining the LBP team, Jeanie was an economic policy specialist at Loyola University’s Jesuit Social Research Institute, where she conducted quantitative analyses and policy research aimed at improving family economic security in the Gulf South region.

Previously she worked as a legislative aide in the Texas Senate advising on issues related to public education, nutrition, agriculture, and water policy. She also served for three years as a policy fellow at the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin, TX. Donovan earned a Master of Public Affairs and Master of Public Health from the University of Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans.

Neva Butkus, Policy Analyst

225.614.9126 ext. 7, neva@labudget.org
Neva Butkus is a policy analyst focusing on state fiscal policy and K-12 education funding in Louisiana. Prior to LBP, Neva worked on the development team at City Year Baton Rouge where she advocated for private sector funding to invest in programs working to increase high school graduation rates in under-resourced Baton Rouge public schools. Neva is heavily active in the Baton Rouge community, and is the former Public Education Project chair of Forum 35, current Vice President of Leadership for Forum 35, as well as a member of Junior League of Baton Rouge.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Neva moved to Louisiana to complete her B.A. in American Government and Politics at LSU. Neva also received her M.P.A. from LSU in 2018.

Danny Mintz, Anti-Hunger Policy Advocate

225.614.9126 ext. 3, danny@labudget.org
Danny Mintz is the Anti-Hunger Policy Advocate for LBP, where he is responsible for monitoring state and federal food and nutrition policy and for working with partners to pursue an advocacy agenda that reduces hunger and increases food security for Louisianans. Prior to joining LBP, Danny directed the Food Studies program at Loyola University New Orleans.

Danny holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.A. in English from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. He also leads the Business Development Working Group of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee.

Davante Lewis, Federal Policy Advocate

Davante Lewis, Federal Policy Advocate225.614.9126 ext. 2, davante@labudget.org
Davante Lewis is the Federal Policy Advocate for LBP, monitoring federal policy developments and forging a common agenda and action plan with allied organizations. Prior to joining LBP, he was an elementary school teacher in the Coweta County School System in suburban Atlanta.

Davante is a graduate of McNeese State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Communications. While there, he served as a two-term Student Body President, the Chair of the Louisiana Council of Student Body Presidents and a Board Member of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. Davante also served as one of the first members of the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council, serving as the Vice Chair.

Jamie Carson, Director of Operations and Development

Jamie Carson225.614.9126 ext. 4, jamie@labudget.org
Jamie Carson is the director of operations and development for LBP, overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations and assisting with fund development. Prior to joining the LBP, Jamie served as the deputy finance director for Caroline Fayard’s campaign for United States Senate.

Previously, he served as a legislative campaign manager for the Louisiana House Democratic Caucus. Jamie is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and a graduate of LSU, where he received his B.A. in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Political Communication.

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