Contact: Katy Dupre
Parish Proud, a community service organization, remains focused on inspiring people to get more engaged with making our Lafayette community a better place to live. Parish Proud also strives to provide Lafayette with a service organization that inspires citizens, partner organizations, business and industries to prioritize and value the quality of home in our community.
Katy joins Parish Proud as a Lafayette native who spent 10 years away working in New Orleans, Chicago, and Montana before returning home 2 years ago, moved by the desire to get involved in finding ways to improve the community she calls home.
She has more than 10 years of experience working in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, most recently as the program director for the Lafayette Engagement and Research Network (LEaRN) initiative at CGI. Her background includes a wide variety of work at the intersection of community organizing, government policy development, economic development, and data science. She earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from right her in Lafayette at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of New Orleans, and certification in Big Data and Social Analytics from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.
Since moving back home, she’s diving headfirst in a variety of community projects, including the Leadership Institute of Acadiana and leading the Adopt a Storm Drain project through the 24Hour Citizen Project.
“We believe that Katy is the perfect fit to lead our efforts at Parish Proud because of her unique combination of understanding the intersection of data as it relates to community growth, economic expansion, and governmental policy development,” said Parish Proud chairman Matt Stuller. “We look forward to building off of the great momentum from our initial launch in 2019.”
In this role, Katy will focus on convening local stakeholders to work together on finding meaningful ways to engage people in improving the quality of our community, including encouraging things like picking up litter, fighting blight, and supporting beautification efforts.
Most importantly, she seeks to help our community answer the question: How do we work together to make us all feel proud to call Lafayette home?
“I am excited to lead this effort and work with our incredible partners in this new role,” says Dupre. “Exposing and connecting people to the transformative power of working together to improve the quality of place for our parish, not just to improve our quality of life but also to grow our economy and create more opportunities for our citizens.”
Katy’s first plan of action includes reaching out to community stakeholders to get feedback on what are Lafayette Parish’s greatest needs and opportunities. “I’m here to help connect the dots between our people, businesses, local governments, and great nonprofit partners to build a better parish for everyone,” she said. “So, that means I need your input!”
The first way you can do that is by filling out this online survey https://parishproud.org/ to help us better understand what our community needs, wants and values.
Join the conversation about how we can all work together to make our community a better, more beautiful place to live!