Kevin Blanchard was appointed as Chief Development Officer in November 2013. As CDO he is responsible for coordinating and overseeing development and long-term planning efforts of the city-parish government, including implementation of the comprehensive plan.
Kevin graduated with a degree in journalism from LSU in 1998 and reported for the Baton Rouge Advocate from the bureau in Lafayette, covering government and politics, until 2008. In 2008, Kevin enrolled in law school at LSU, graduating cum laude in 2011. While in law school, Kevin was Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Law Review, a member of the Chancellor's Student Advisory Board, participated in a judicial externship with the Honorable W. Eugene Davis, U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and was research assistant to long-time Professor Frank Maraist. Kevin also worked as a consultant in the telecommunications industry during law school.
As an attorney, Kevin practiced commercial and oil and gas law at Onebane Law Firm. Kevin has a particular interest in open meetings and public records law. He has published on that topic and testified before the State Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Kevin is a board member of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association, the Leadership Institute of Acadiana, and the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. He was named as one of the Top 20 Under 40 by the Lafayette Daily Advertiser and the 705, and is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class XXVI. He and his wife, Heather, have three children.
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