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Jim Brandt

OWNER, BRANDT + ASSOCIATES

Jim Brandt is the managing principal of Brandt & Associates, a consultant firm offering professional services in public policy research, fund raising and development, special event planning, and strategic communications for nonprofit organizations.

He has over forty years of experience in government administration, public policy research and nonprofit management.  He served as President of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) from 1999 through 2010, when he retired from PAR. He was the author or co-author of scores of research reports in the areas of governmental finance, public administration, and constitutional issues.

Prior to his work with PAR, Mr. Brandt was President and CEO of the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) in New Orleans from 1987 to 1999.  His previous professional experience also includes serving as the Deputy Director of the Downtown Development (DDD) in New Orleans, and as Director of Planning for the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans.

He was an adjunct member of the faculty at the University of New Orleans College of Urban and Public Affairs in public administration and at Tulane University in planning and grant development.

Mr. Brandt is the immediate past chair of the 2012 Community Fund for the Arts Campaign in Baton Rouge. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for both CPEX and the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, also serving as an officer with the Partnership and on their state Policy Council.

His professional affiliations have included:  the Governmental Research Association (GRA), where he served as President of the national organization from 1995-1997; the American Society for Public Administration, the American Planning Association, and the National Taxpayers Conference.  He was also a member of the faculty at the LSU Academy of Politics and a graduate of the Council for a Better Louisiana’s 2000 Leadership Louisiana program.

Mr. Brandt is a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of the University of Colorado, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (majoring in history and political science).  He received a Master’s Degree in Community Organization and Planning from Tulane University.

He resides in Baton Rouge with his wife, Janie Rhorer Brandt.