Former Boustany deputy director hired as policy expert by One Acadiana _lowres

Michael Hare, One Acadiana VP of Policy Initiatives

One Acadiana has hired a policy expert who will define the business organization’s stand on K-12 education, transportation infrastructure, government reforms, workforce development and other public initiatives.

Michael Hare, formerly the deputy district director for U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, has been named vice president of policy initiatives for One Acadiana, formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

Hare will be responsible for leading a policy team whose members include researchers and analysts. The team will formulate the organization’s goals and map out a way to reach those goals.

Hare joined Boustany’s office in 2006 in Washington as an assistant on foreign and military policy, trade, agriculture and homeland security. He returned to Louisiana three years ago to take the post of deputy district director for Boustany, focusing on trade and agriculture, coastal restoration, transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A political science and economics graduate of LSU, with study in international relations, trade and politics, Hare received a master’s degree in foreign policy from American University in Washington.

“(Michael’s) detailed knowledge of policy issues and commitment to service have distinguished him as a respected community leader,” Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana CEO and president, said in a statement.

One Acadiana is the lead economic development agency for nine parishes: Lafayette, Vermilion, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, Evangeline, St. Martin, St. Landry, St. Mary and Iberia.