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John Spain


John Spain is the executive vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, where he oversees projects that aim to solve fundamental problems across South Louisiana. John’s work has included health care and education reform, economic development and renewal of inner city neighborhoods. Recently, he spearheaded a project that created the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, which won $60 million in federal tax credits for inner city rebuilding in its first try.

Prior to moving to the Foundation, John was the managing director of The Powell Group, a private holding company with thirteen diverse subsidiary companies.

John started his professional career in the field of broadcasting and worked at WBRZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge for 23 years. He served in various capacities including investigative reporter, news director and station manager.