Jan Moller, Executive Director

Jan Moller225.614.9126 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.

Stacey Roussel, Policy Director

225.614.9126 ext. 6, 
Stacey Roussel serves as Policy Director at LBP. She brings nearly twenty years of experience in the public, academic and nonprofit sectors working on issues related to economic and community development with experience in fundraising, strategic planning, program evaluation and policy analysis.

A native of New Orleans, Stacey began her development career in Baton Rouge supporting community engagement in K-12 public schools, and went on to serve on an award-winning major gifts team at PBS affiliate, WEDU-TV, in Tampa, Florida. She began working with small businesses as a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional at UNF SBDC, where she provided export assistance to U.S.-based small manufacturers. Upon returning to Louisiana, Stacey continued her commitment to community and economic development by supporting entrepreneurship among minority communities in Southeast Louisiana. While working domestically, Stacey maintains a global perspective, and has presented papers at the United Nations conference, Our Common Humanity in the Information Age, and at the Roundtable for Entrepreneurship Education (REE Asia) in Hong Kong. She is a graduate of LSU and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Neva Butkus, Policy Analyst

Neva Butkus 225.614.9126 ext. 7,
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 President-Elect 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 MPA from LSU in 2018.

Dara Lum Shackelford, Economic Opportunity Policy Analyst

225.614.9126 ext. 6,                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dara is a policy analyst at LBP with a focus on economic opportunity and mobility. Her role builds on a professional career with over 15 years of experience working for high-impact policy organizations. She received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a focus on feminist jurisprudence and poverty law; and was formerly Director/Founder of the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning and Director of Policy at the Partnership for Youth Development in New Orleans.

Dara has called Louisiana home since 2007. She is married to Jason, and mom to three children. She has been profoundly impacted by adoption and foster care. When she isn’t driving kids around, she sometimes gardens and bikes the levees.

Danny Mintz, Anti-Hunger Policy Advocate

Danny Mintz225.614.9126 ext. 3,
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, Public Affairs and Outreach Coordinator 

Davante Lewis225.614.9126 ext. 2,
Davante Lewis is the public affairs and outreach coordinator for LBP, focusing on higher education policy, monitoring legislative developments and working with advocacy groups and coalitions partners in forging a common agenda and action plan to advance LBP’s policy agenda.

 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 Communications

Jamie Carson225.614.9126 ext. 4,
Jamie Carson is the director of communications for LBP, overseeing the organization’s day-to-day and strategic communications. Prior to joining 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.


Kayla Mims, Director of Operations and Development

225.614.9126 ext. 702,
Kayla Mims is the director of operations and development for LBP, overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations, assisting in fund development and event planning. Prior to joining LBP, Kayla worked as client strategist for Association Management Strategies. She also worked as a news producer for WAFB and WVLA.

Kayla is a native of Fordoche, LA and a graduate of LSU, where she received her B.A. in Communication Studies. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at Louisiana State University.