Who to watch in 2014: David Gray
State policy fellow and policy analyst at the Louisiana Budget Project
Hometown: New Orleans
2013Accomplishments: Coordinated the Louisiana Coalition for Responsible Lending, which is a group of citizens, faith-based organizations, non-proﬁ ts and banks that are dedicated to protecting families from predatory payday loans;. produced fact-based research that helped defeat a bill from Gov. Bobby Jindal that would have raised taxes on low and middle-class families; and appointed to the East Baton Rouge Parish Food Access Policy Commission by Mayor-President Kip Holden.
What to expect in 2014: Launch of a statewide network of community advocates dedicated to protecting the economic interest of the millennial generation and creation of loan products that offer families’ short-term credit at responsible interest rates and fees. Personal Resolution for 2014: Carve out time each day to grow mentally, physically and spiritually.
Business resolution for 2014: Continue to provide sound research and analysis of state ﬁscal issues to promote economic prosperity, a rising standard of living, and the opportunity for all citizens to reach their highest potential.
Life motto: “Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you.” — my late grandmother, Isabella Gasper.
What are you listening to? A mix of Israel & New Breed, Gregory Porter, Maxwell, J. Cole, Trombone Shorty, Maze & Frankie Beverley, Luther Vandross, Drake, The Fugees, Nina Simone, and Wale.
What are you reading? The Bible, Life Entrepreneurs by Gergen and Vanourek, and 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup; Something Like the Truth blog by Bob Mann, Louisiana Voice blog by Tim Aswell