Melanie Oubre recently joined the Emerge team as the founding Executive Director of Emerge Louisiana. Melanie brings over eight years of experience in non-profits and political campaigns. She has a track record of working to elect women candidates and pushing progressive policies in the Deep South.
Born and raised in South Louisiana, Melanie understands the challenges and opportunities of being a Democratic woman in a state still controlled by the good ole’ boys club. Today, there are only three Democratic women in the 39-member state senate and only eight in the 105-member house of representatives.
Most recently, she served as Deputy Finance Director on Caroline Fayard’s United States Senate campaign and Development Director for New Leaders Council, a non-profit devoted to equipping young progressives with the tools they need to enact real change in their communities. She looks forward to utilizing her fundraising expertise to build a strong Emerge chapter in Louisiana. Previously, Melanie ran a grassroots activism department at a DC-based non-profit before returning to her home state.
Melanie holds a B.A. in Political Communication from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication and is currently working toward her Masters Degree in Non-Profit Leadership at the University of New Orleans. She grew up in Metairie where she attended Archbishop Chapelle High School.
She is an active member of the Democratic Party of Louisiana, the Jefferson Parish Democratic Executive Committee, the Independent Women’s Organization (IWO) of New Orleans and the Junior League of New Orleans.
Emerge Louisiana is the 19th state Chapter of Emerge. It shares this number with the Constitutional Amendment that gave women the right to vote. Melanie will carry that symbolic figure proudly as she takes on her new role as Executive Director.