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Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Bureau of Governmental Research. Sandy Whann, Kelly Brown, Ludovico Feoli

The New Orleans Bureau of Governmental Research elected three new board members Thursday.

The new faces are Susan Brennan, president and CEO of Second Line Stages, a film studio; Jaimmé Collins, an attorney and partner at the Adams and Reese law firm; and Blake Stanfill, an adviser with trepwise, a consulting firm.

Board leaders re-elected to another term are Chairman Hardy Fowler, Vice Chairman Ludovico Feoli, Secretary J. Storey Charbonnet, Treasurer Norma Grace, Assistant Secretary Nathalie Simon and Assistant Treasurer Todd McDonald.

Five board members who do not hold leadership positions were also re-elected. They are Kelly Brown, Maureen Clary, Hunter Hill, H. Merritt Lane III and Dennis Woltering.

The bureau, a private, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to inform the public and work with elected officials to improve government, announced its new members and re-elected leaders at a luncheon Thursday at the Marriott Hotel.

Betsy Fischer Martin, former producer of "Meet The Press" and executive in residence at American University, and Jonathan Martin, a national political correspondent for The New York Times, spoke at the organization’s luncheon, in a discussion moderated by Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute.

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