Jan Moller, Director

Jan Moller

225.614.9126 ext. 1,
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.

Nick Albares, Senior Policy Analyst

Nicolas Albares 225.614.9126 ext. 2,
Nick Albares is a senior policy analyst with LBP, working on a range of policies that build shared prosperity and improve the lives of struggling Louisianans. Prior to joining LBP, Albares was a policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC.

Previously he worked with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans for five years, where he partnered with churches and civic leaders on community building and civic engagement initiatives.

Albares holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.

Jeanie Donovan, Senior Policy Analyst

Jeanie Donovan 225.614.9126 ext. 6,

Jeanie Donovan is a senior policy analyst at LBP who 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.

Carmen Green, State Policy Fellow

Carmen Green225.614.9126 ext. 3,
Carmen Green is a CBPP State Policy Fellow focusing on health in Louisiana. She has a B.S in Sociology and Public Health Administration from Wake Forest University and recently earned an MPH at Tulane University, with concentrations on Health Education and Maternal and Child Health.

Prior to joining LBP in the fall of 2016, she was the Louisiana Program Director and National Training Director for the National Birth Equity Collaborative. The organization’s goal to decrease Black infant mortality allowed her to develop her knowledge of health disparities, race equity, health policy and social justice. Her duties entailed collaborating with Medicaid providers, leading a large qualitative research study, data analysis, grant writing, and outreach.

Jamie Carson, Director of Operations and Development

Jamie Carson225.614.9126 ext. 4,
Jamie Carson is the director of operations and development for the 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.

Dylan Waguespack, Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Dylan Waguespack225.614.9126 ext. 5,
Dylan Waguespack is the Outreach and Communications Coordinator at Louisiana Budget Project working on tax reform for a fair, adequate and sustainable state budget. A young professional with a background in state government relations and communications strategy, Dylan has worked to advance state and federal policies which expand opportunity for people impacted by homelessness and hunger.

He is a member of the Louisiana Legislative Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care and recently served as an adviser to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s transition on human services. Dylan is Governor John Bel Edwards’s appointee to the Louisiana Interagency Council on Homelessness. He is the board president of the Louisiana Violence Reduction Coalition, a nonprofit which seeks to end gun violence through education, public awareness, community outreach and legislative action. Prior to joining LBP, Dylan was the Interim Managing Director of Equality Louisiana and Director of Advocacy and Outreach at Louisiana Progress.

Amy Fowler-Dawson, Communications Consultant

Amy Fowler-Dawson earned her master’s degree in media theory and research from Southern Illinois University, focusing on new media studies. Her thesis focused on effective strategies for increasing reach via social media. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. She started her career as a reporter and editor for several community newspapers in Texas. In 2011, she left newspapers to become an investigator for Better Business Bureau in Austin, Texas, where she helped protect consumers and expose bad business practices. She joined the Louisiana Budget Project in March 2013, and now helps manage LBP’s communications including social media, LBP’s website and press releases.

Amy’s work has earned awards for writing, page design, photography, digital media, and general editorial excellence. She most recently earned a Hermes Creative Gold Award for her design of the Louisiana Budget Project website and an honorable mention for her design of LBP’s report on the minimum wage.

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