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Grand Contemporary owner joins Ducks Unlimited

Jennifer Grand, owner of downtown Lafayette art gallery Grand Contemporary, is returning to the public policy arena. Grand has been hired as the Louisiana governmental affairs representative for Ducks Unlimited, the national organization dedicated to wetland restoration and conservation. In a statement, Jerry Holden, Ducks Unlimited director of conservation programs for Louisiana, says Grand’s new position is unique — and necessary. “No other individual state has a Ducks Unlimited public policy position,” said Holden. “The magnitude of wetland loss in Louisiana makes it imperative that we incorporate sound policies to preserve what is left and restore what we can. Our on-the-ground conservation efforts alone can not achieve a sustainable coastal ecosystem in Louisiana.”

Prior to opening Grand Contemporary, Grand worked as a policy analyst for former Gov. Mike Foster, and was the director of External Affairs at LSU’s Health Sciences Center of New Orleans. She was also a board member on the State Parks Commission and Atchafalaya Trace Advisory Board.