LIA and 1A Announce Departure of LIA Executive Director Ashley Mudd

LAFAYETTE, La.– Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA) and One Acadiana (1A) today announced LIA Executive Director Ashley Mudd will leave the organization in April to pursue another opportunity. The Board of Directors has engaged a search committee to identify the organization’s next Executive Director, and LIA Board Chair Dr. Taniecea Mallery will lead that process.

“Since 2016, Ashley has played a critical role in the development and success of LIA, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor,” said Dr. Mallery. “We want to thank her for five years of dedicated service, which involved many significant accomplishments, including: growing LIA programming to create new ways to engage participants and alumni, leading the launch of a new organizational brand, and positioning the organization for the future through the newly released strategic plan.”

Please contact Dr. Mallery at with any questions.

About LIA

For more than 30 years, the Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA) has brought together the region’s most dedicated leaders from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to drive actionable change for a better Acadiana. LIA’s goal is to provide experiential, collaborative leadership training programs and initiatives that offer local leaders access to the skills, knowledge and ongoing support they need to impact our community and influence the future of our region. Learn more at

About One Acadiana

One Acadiana is the leading economic development organization for the nine-parish Acadiana region located in south Louisiana. With more than 600 investors and members, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community. The organization is located in the city of Lafayette and serves a region of nearly 700,000 people with a vibrant culture and unique entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more at



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