Welcome to the Blanco Center

The Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center advances evidence-based public policy to make Louisiana a better place to live and work.

We invite you to learn more about our work and connect with our staff for more information.


The Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center works with local and state partners to support public policy.

Public Policy Day

Current Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards recognized the important work of the Blanco Center on Dec. 15, 2020, when he proclaimed Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center Day.

Blanco Public Policy Center

Inspired by the leadership and vision of Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2008, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has created the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center (Blanco Center), which is committed to serving the public interest through leadership in state and local policy with a focus on education, poverty and economic opportunity, criminal justice reform, health and healthcare, the coast and environment, and governmental ethics.

The Blanco Center is an independent, interdisciplinary research center, bringing together experts from different academic departments to conduct applied policy-related research, host events to advance policy and assist those making and implementing policy in Louisiana with best practices, enhancing public services and technical assistance.