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One Acadiana hires Michael Hare as VP of policy initiatives

Former deputy director for Congressman Charles Boustany joins regional economic development group.

Michael Hare

Regional economic development organization One Acadiana has hired Michael Hare to coordinate its policy research, analysis and development activities.

Hare, formerly deputy district director for U.S. Rep. Charles W. Boustany of Lafayette, joined One Acadiana, which represents the nine-parish Acadiana region, as vice president of policy initiatives. Hare is leading the policy initiatives team on research and analysis related to PreK-12 education, transportation infrastructure, government reform, workforce development, innovation and small business.

The newly created position is funded by The Campaign for One Acadiana, a five-year regional economic development program that launched early this year.

Hare joined Boustany’s Washington, D.C., office in April 2006 as a legislative assistant covering foreign and military policy, trade, agriculture, homeland security, as well as several other domestic issues. He returned to Louisiana in April 2012 with his wife, Jamie, and their three sons. As deputy district director, he focused on trade and agriculture policy, as well as on coastal restoration, transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal issues. Hare currently serves as a board member for the705.

Hare received a bachelor of arts in political science and economics from LSU. During his undergraduate study he focused on international relations, trade and comparative politics. In 2002, Hare continued his studies at American University in Washington, D.C., where he received a master’s degree in U.S. foreign policy.