Dawn Starns, a veteran Baton Rouge lobbyist and grassroots activist, has been chosen as state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.
NFIB/Louisiana is the state's largest small-business association, with 4,300 dues-paying members representing a cross section of the state's economy.
"We're glad to have Dawn join our team," said Gary Selvy, NFIB South Region Public Policy Manager. "She brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm to the position, and we know she'll do a great job promoting and protecting the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses."
Starns, who holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Louisiana State University, most recently served as executive director of the Capitol Region Legislative Delegation and CAP PAC LLC. She also managed the Legislators' Charity Fund, which raised money to help the homeless as well as children's programs and a local food bank.
She previously was executive branch liaison between Kimble Development and the Louisiana Office of Community Development and event manager for the Leadership for Change! Summit on education reform.
Starns can be reached at dawn.starns@NFIB.org or 225-218-6847.