The Louisiana Federation for Children is a project of the American Federation for Children and the AFC Growth Fund, dedicated to promoting educational choice by protecting, growing, and expanding scholarship programs for low and middle-income children.
Ann Davis Duplessis is President of the Louisiana Federation for Children, a project of the American Federation for Children, where she partners with local and national policy leaders and lawmakers to promote and protect access to educational choice options, including the overwhelmingly popular Louisiana Scholarship Program.
Duplessis has over 33 years in the financial services industry. Currently, she is Senior Vice President of Retail Banking, Marketing & Sales, and Strategic Planning for Liberty Bank and Trust Company. Liberty Bank is a $600+ million retail bank with offices in eight states. Duplessis also oversees the growth and profitability of Liberty Insurance, Inc.
In 2002 Duplessis was elected to the Louisiana legislature as Senator for District 2, serving New Orleans East, Holy Cross, and the Lower Ninth Ward communities. While in office Senator Duplessis held many leadership roles including Chairman of the Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs committees. Nationally she served as Vice Chair of the Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Duplessis an unwavering public servant, who currently serves on the LSU Board of Supervisors, Eastern New Orleans Service District Hospital Board of Directors, and New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter.
A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she has been married to Virgil Duplessis for 32 years. They have three beautiful daughters, Brooks, Lindsey and Heather and four perfect granddaughters, Camille, Sydney, and Brooklyn, and Maleia.
Kelli Bottger brings a wealth of legislative and educational leadership experience to the educational choice movement in Louisiana.
As LFC’s Louisiana State Director, Bottger works closely with state legislators, community leaders and educators to ensure children from low-income families in Louisiana have access to a quality education.
Prior to joining LFC, Bottger served as government affairs and communications director for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL), where she worked hand-in-hand with legislators, educators, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) members, community leaders and various elected officials to empower teachers and provide leadership opportunities for educators across Louisiana.
Bottger was instrumental in creating, funding and implementing STAND for Children and A+PEL’s Instructional All-Stars Program, which provided powerful training and development for dozens of Louisiana’s top educators.
During her nearly seven years in the classroom, Bottger specialized in teaching fourth grade math and science in Ascension Parish, where she also held numerous leadership roles, including acting as a mentor teacher and event organizer. Additionally, Bottger worked tirelessly on numerous committees to help improve textbook, technology, assessment and student conduct policies.
A veteran communicator, Paul Dauphin leads LFC’s communications activity in the state of Louisiana.
Previously, as president of Pierre Principle Communications, Dauphin directed messaging for the University of New Orleans’ College of Education and Human Development, when it became the first charter school management organization in Louisiana to assume control of a failing public school in 2004.
Dauphin also worked with numerous New Orleans charter schools and charter management organizations during a period of dramatic reform and growth following Hurricane Katrina.
Dauphin also served as communications director of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, where he was responsible for internal and external communications, publications and community relations. In 2010, Dauphin was a communications consultant for Mitch Landrieu’s mayoral campaign in New Orleans.
In her role as Louisiana Implementation Director, Maigan Francis works closely with school administrators, community leaders and the Louisiana Department of Education to increase the number of high-quality schools participating in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. She also partners with local organizations to coordinate parental outreach efforts across the state.
Francis brings more than a decade of experience as an educator to the Louisiana Federation for Children, having served as assistant principal of a New Orleans charter school, dean of students and classroom teacher. She implemented innovative professional development strategies for teacher training, collaborative leadership, and building student and parent relationships.
Francis has the passion to fight for and educate all children. She believes that all parents and students should have a choice in education.
As Louisiana Grassroots Coordinator, Tiffany Crawford leads the Louisiana Federation for Children’s community outreach activities in the New Orleans area. She is responsible for building relationships and promoting awareness of educational choice options with parents, students, schools and other stakeholders.
Crawford brings extensive experience and understanding of parent and community organizations. As president of the District 2 Community Enhancement Corporation, she partnered with public and private agencies on projects to improve the quality of life in Eastern New Orleans and the Lower Ninth Ward.
Crawford served as vice president of operations for the New Orleans Regional Business Park where she led the creation of the park’s association of merchants. She was also fiscal manager in the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.
As Louisiana Grassroots Coordinator, Alkinee Jackson leads the Louisiana Federation for Children’s community outreach activities in the Baton Rouge area. She promotes awareness of educational choice options with parents, students, schools and other stakeholders.
Jackson recognizes the crucial role quality educational opportunities can have in transforming the lives of children and families. She comes to LFC from the Black Alliance for Educational Options where she directed family and community outreach activities in Louisiana.
Jackson was also founding president of Baton Rouge Urban Home Schoolers and Louisiana president of National Black Home Educators.
Education Organizations in Louisiana
The Louisiana Federation for Children is pleased to work with the following organizations that promote education reform: