Melanie Oubre joined the Emerge staff in October 2017 as the founding Executive Director of Emerge Louisiana. In her role as Executive Director, Melanie recruits, trains and supports Democratic women who plan to run for office. She directs the day-to-day operations of the organization and ...Read more
Melanie Oubre joined the Emerge staff in October 2017 as the founding Executive Director of Emerge Louisiana. In her role as Executive Director, Melanie recruits, trains and supports Democratic women who plan to run for office. She directs the day-to-day operations of the organization and carries out Emerge Louisiana’s strategic goals.
Emerge Louisiana launched in 2017 as the 19th affiliate of the Emerge America national network, which operates candidate training programs in 24 states today. Melanie brings over nine years of experience in non-profits and political campaigns to the organization. She has a track record of working to elect women candidates and pushing progressive policies in the Deep South.
Born and raised in Southeast Louisiana, Melanie understands the challenges and opportunities of being a Democratic woman in a state still controlled by the good ole’ boys club. Today, women comprise just 15 percent of the Louisiana State Legislature. Louisiana has not elected a woman state-wide or sent a woman to Washington, D.C. in a decade.
After Melanie graduated from LSU, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for four years managing grassroots campaigns for an immigration-focused non-profit. Louisiana kept calling her home and in 2016 Melanie took a job with Caroline Fayard’s 2016 Campaign as the Deputy Finance Director. More recently, she served as the Development Director for New Leaders Council (NLC), a non-profit devoted to equipping young progressives with the tools they need to enact real change in their communities.
Melanie holds a B.A. in Political Communication from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication and is currently working toward her Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Leadership at the University of New Orleans. She grew up in Metairie, Louisiana and attended Archbishop Chapelle High School.
Melanie serves as Second Vice Chair on the Jefferson Parish Democratic Executive Committee and is an active member of the Louisiana Democratic Party, the Independent Women’s Organization of New Orleans (IWO), The League of Women Voters of Louisiana and the Junior League of New Orleans.
Melanie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read Less