One Acadiana taps André Breaux as policy initiatives director _lowres

Andre Breaux

One Acadiana has hired Lafayette native André Breaux to be the economic development agency’s director of policy initiatives.

Breaux will lead the agency’s team in developing and advancing policies on transportation infrastructure, pre-K education and workforce development, One Acadiana President Jason El Koubi said Tuesday.

“We’re working to build on our strong regional talent base, and we’re already starting to see that happen,” El Koubi said in a news release. “Our impressive (One Acadiana) staff is a case in point.”

A 2004 graduate of Lafayette High School, Breaux later was the top undergraduate at Loyola University in New Orleans. He went on to earn a master’s of public service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. For the past two years, Breaux has worked as policy adviser to Mayor Kevin Johnson, of Sacramento, California, where his duties included downtown development and community-police relations.

“I loved the work I was doing in Sacramento, but I couldn’t say no to the opportunity to join a movement to make Acadiana the best it can be,” Breaux said.