Clare Giesen is sociology instructor at Delgado Community College. She served as Executive Director of the National Women’s Political Caucus, where she was successful in significantly contributing to the increase of the number of women in federal office. As a member of the Clinton Administration, Clare held a number of positions, including White House Liaison for the Department of Energy and Special Assistant for the DOE’s utility restructuring and deployment of renewable energy technologies. At the USDA, she was Senior Advisor in the Office of Rural Utilities and successfully developed a loan program to deploy renewable energy on rural electric cooperatives. Clare’s organizing, fundraising and experience with the energy sector are vital to her role as a board member of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
Eric brings communications, research and management expertise to our board. He worked on the Senate campaign of Mike Johnston in Colorado and taught US History at G. W. Carver Collegiate Academy. Prior to joining the faculty at Carver in 2013, Eric worked as an Operations Manager for The New Teacher Project and as an organizer on several political campaigns in Pittsburgh and New Orleans. He served as a Research Associate for the Bucket Brigade in 2009 and taught English in Nantes, France for three years, offering courses at Lycee les Bourdonnieres and the law school of the University of Nantes. He currently serves on the boards of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Libraries without Borders. Eric holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Masters in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Nantes, and a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.
Holly has 15 years of experience working to grow, develop, and cultivate meaningful communities of people working to change the world. Prior to founding DevelopWell, Holly wais the Deputy Operations Director at UltraViolet, a national women’s rights group based in DC. Holly worked at MoveOn.org as a lead organizer on the field team. She managed staff and created programs that trained MoveOn members across the country as organizers, and helped them build council structures to carry out various strategies in the field. Before MoveOn, Holly was an internal organizer with the Service Employees International Union in San Francisco, CA, and Portland, OR. Holly began her organizing career in New Orleans, with the Bucket Brigade after Hurricane Katrina, and is excited to be a part of the organization again. Holly currently lives in New Orleans with her partner Dustin and a herd of animals. In her free time, you’ll find her doing yoga, spending time outdoors in her garden, and traveling as much as possible.
Lisa Flanagan is an associate professor and head of Communication Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana and a co-director of Xavier’s Performance Studies Laboratory. She has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Texas, Austin; and also holds an M.A. in speech communication and a PhD in communication studies from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge with a concentration in performance studies. Her expertise includes the field of alternative tourism, knowledge that she has applied to Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s Down by the River Tour.
Dr. Flanagan teaches courses in Communication Studies from a performance studies and critical cultural perspective. Much of her course pedagogy focuses on Xavier’s mission to prepare future leaders to work for a more just and humane society through community engagement and social justice advocacy.