Monique Thierry is executive director of the Congressional and Public Affairs Southwest-South Central Regional office, which represents eight states. She leads the region’s efforts in strengthening its operations and relationships with member businesses, associations, and chambers of commerce. Working with member organizations, a variety of entities and elected officials on pivotal issues, programs, and services, Thierry develops and maintains legislative, political, and grassroots resources to achieve the U.S. Chamber’s public policy goals. Thierry brings strong roots and a wealth of experience in the business community to the position. Previously, she served as vice president of government affairs for the 5-star U.S. Chamber Accredited Chamber Southwest Louisiana, the voice of business for the five parishes in Southwest Louisiana. There she created and led its first-ever government affairs program. Under her leadership and vision, Southwest Louisiana earned recognition as a vital region of the state. She advocated for public policy issues benefiting the economic development interests of Southwest Louisiana, overseeing and developing strategies for education, energy and environmental issues, offshore oil revenue sharing, infrastructure, hurricane recovery and coastal protection and restoration. Through influential programs such as Chamber SWLA Day/Shrimp Boil in Baton Rouge and Legis Gator, the preeminent comprehensive legislative wrap-up in the state, she earned statewide recognition for raising awareness of the region’s significance. During the 2011 redistricting process, Thierry led the advocacy efforts to keep the historic Louisiana Acadiana region along the I-10 corridor intact under one congressional district. The region was the only area in the state to retain a majority of its original district. Thierry is a graduate of the historic Xavier University of Louisiana. She is also an alumna of Leadership Louisiana, a nationally recognized statewide program geared to effectively address key public issues and empowers civic-minded citizens to become involved in issues affecting their communities and the state. Leadership Louisiana boasts a broad network of over 1,000 alumni from every region and sector of the state. Thierry has held various leadership roles in state and federal politics, including serving in the Louisiana administrations of former Gov. Kathleen B. Blanco and current National Urban League President and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial. She also was as a member of Governor Bobby Jindal’s Transition team. Thierry is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management as well as the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Education and Workforce Business Leads program. In addition, she served on the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Council and Energy and Environment committees. Thierry currently serves on the Council for a Better Louisiana Board of Directors, is a member of the Mystick Krewe of Louisianans, and is a part of Power of 100 Women of Louisiana.