The Presidential Leadership Scholars program announces that Louisiana Supreme Court Division of Children and Families Director Alana Odoms Hebert will be one of the 59 scholars to participate in a development initiative that takes in the resources of four presidential centers.
“I’m extremely honored and humbled to have been selected to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program,” said Hebert. “With this once in a lifetime opportunity, I hope to shed a national spotlight on the problem of mass incarceration in Louisiana, especially as it pertains to our most vulnerable citizens, our children.”
According to the press release, selected scholars were chosen based upon leadership characteristics towards civic and social good that would serve to address issues and needs for communities, professions and organizations.
The program’s scholars will visit each presidential center to learn information passed down from former presidents, administration officials, and leading academics to then develop strategies and network with other leaders to strive for a positive impact for their communities.
While Hebert served as the deputy general counsel for the Louisiana Supreme Court and liaison for the judicial arm of the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) Task Force for four years, sher became a key role in Louisiana’s historic criminal justice reform. Herbert looks forward into continuing those reform efforts, following up on the foundation of Annie E. Casey foundation’s ‘Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative’ (JDAI).
“Alanah Odoms Hebert has been such an asset to our work reforming the criminal justice system here in Louisiana,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “She brought valued insight and ideas to the task force responsible for conducting the most comprehensive study of our justice system to date. My team and I are not surprised to learn that she has been granted this wonderful opportunity to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program.”
For more information of the program and a full lis of the scholars visit www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org