Regional economic development agency One Acadiana on Thursday named Phyllis Mouton its vice president of government affairs.

Mouton, a former Louisiana secretary of labor, will start work at the Lafayette-based One Acadiana on Feb. 1.

“In her new role, Phyllis will spend the majority of her time cultivating strong working relationships with policymakers at all levels and engaging stakeholders from across the region to mobilize support for issues important to Acadiana’s business community,” One Acadiana President and CEO Jason El Koubi said in a prepared statement.

Mouton is special assistant to the chancellor of government relations at Baton Rouge Community College, where she has worked for the past 18 years.

Mouton is the first government affairs vice president for One Acadiana and was the first chairwoman at the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber last year became One Acadiana and now serves a nine-parish region: Lafayette, Iberia, St. Mary, St. Martin, Vermilion, Acadia, Jefferson Davis, Evangeline and St. Landry.

Mouton was the labor secretary under Gov. Buddy Roemer and led the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge as president.

“I am delighted to return to Lafayette and join One Acadiana’s team,” Mouton said in the statement.