Ethan J. Melancon, MPA

Advocacy Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Ethan J. Melancon, MPA, is a native of Thibodaux and serves as the director of advocacy for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL). He is the former executive director of governmental affairs for the Louisiana Department of Education. In that role, he served as the staff lead for all legislative and policy strategy for the department and was the representative for the department and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Legislature. Prior to that, Ethan served as the policy and research project manager at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, where he worked on education and workforce development policies and initiatives. Prior to working at BRAC, Ethan worked in both public relations and public policy, through roles at the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, New Orleans public relations firm the Ehrhardt Group and in the office of Rep. Charles Boustany.

He is a proud graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he double majored in public relations and political science. He recently received his master’s of public administration at LSU. In his off-time Ethan enjoys exploring the culinary vistas of our state and collecting Louisiana antiques.

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