LAFAYETTE – The Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA), a non-profit that runs Leadership Lafayette and other leadership programs, announced today the appointment of Jan Swift as Interim Executive Director, effective immediately.
In this position, Swift will oversee and manage processes, programs, and resources to support the mission of convening, building, and activating leaders to build and strengthen their communities. She will also continue the partnership between LIA and One Acadiana (1A) to leverage the resources of the two organizations.
Swift serves as Host and Producer of Discover Lafayette podcast. A graduate of LSU and LSU Law School, Swift serves of counsel with Swift & Rhoades, LLP. She recently served as Chair of the Protect the City Committee which was appointed by the Lafayette City Council. Swift previously served as Executive Director of Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation. She is Vice Chair of Lafayette Crime Stoppers and serves on the board of the South Louisiana Community College Foundation. A graduate of Leadership Lafayette class 2009 and Leadership Louisiana XXII, she is active with her church, Asbury United Methodist.
Swift says of her new position: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Leadership Lafayette as Interim Director. This well-respected program offers a life-changing rite of passage for upcoming leaders who love our community and want to learn more about how they may best serve. I can't think of a more important program for the future of Lafayette. What an honor to be a part of this cause, which is much bigger than any one of us could accomplish on our own.”
1A President and CEO Troy Wayman adds, “Jan has proven herself as a leader and collaborator time and again while building a depth and breadth of knowledge concerning the Acadiana region that extends across the political, economic, legal, and cultural realms. Her strong background coupled with her willingness to serve in this interim role is certain to produce benefits to LIA’s leadership development programs that will last for years to come.”
Since 1987, Leadership Lafayette has helped to enhance the skills, knowledge and personal awareness of our community leaders to build a coalition of supportive networks that affect positive change for the Acadiana region. As Leadership Institute of Acadiana’s flagship program, Leadership Lafayette is designed to equip and activate informed leaders through a broader awareness and appreciation of the region in which they live, work and play.