BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Institute's Board of Directors represents a diverse group of individuals, all highly regarded within their fields.
Kevin Reilly Jr.
Kevin P. Reilly, Jr., Chairman of the Board, has served as President of Lamar Advertising Co. since 1989 and served as CEO from 1989-2011. He also serves as Board Chairman for Lamar Advertising, which has more than 200 locations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. He is a past chairman of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America and a board member for the Traffic Audit Bureau.Read Full Bio
A veteran of conservation and land management, Will Shafroth serves as president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. Shafroth previously served in the federal Department of the Interior from 2009-13, culminating with his role as counselor to Secretary Ken Salazar. Shafroth’s time at the department included two years as principal deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks where he oversaw the department’s work in the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes and the Everglades.Read Full Bio
Jacqui Vines Wyatt
Secretary and Treasurer
Jacqui Vines Wyatt is Secretary/Treasurer of the board and was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cox Louisiana. She was responsible for an $80 million payroll and a workforce serving 511,000 customers in 18 parishes, including the metropolitan areas of Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans. Vines served as an executive with Time Warner Cable in San Diego and Dublin, Ohio, before joining Cox.Read Full Bio
Charles "Chip" Groat
Charles “Chip” Groat, Ph.D., is the founding President and CEO. Groat is a globally recognized expert on earth sciences, energy, resource assessment, groundwater issues, and coastal studies. Along with the decades of experience he brings from the United States Geological Survey, academia, and as a world-class scientist whose recent research has focused on energy and water resources, Dr. Groat spent many years developing an acute understanding of the needs of our coastal areas in Louisiana.Read Full Bio
Ambassador James A. Joseph is a professor of Duke University’s Practice of Public Policy Studies program and serves as Executive Director of the university’s U.S. Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values. A former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa appointed by President Clinton, Joseph is a Yale University graduate and Louisiana native. He serves as Board Chairman for the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.Read Full Bio
Oliver "Rick" Richard, III
A Louisiana native and an experienced leader in energy and natural gas management, Oliver “Rick” Richard, III is the former Chairman, President and CEO of Columbia Energy Group, a position he held until its acquisition in November 2000. Richard also served as Chairman, CEO and President of New Jersey Resources; as President and CEO of Northern Natural Gas Pipeline; and as Vice-President and General Counsel of Tenngasco.Read Full Bio
Retired Maj. Gen. Thomas Sands is an attorney and Senior Advisor with the Washington, D.C.-based firm Dawson & Associates. Sands is a civil engineer who spent more than 30 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His 11 years of command experience include heading the New Orleans District, the North Atlantic Division, and the Lower Mississippi Valley Division/Mississippi River Commission where he was responsible for all federal water resources activities in the Lower Mississippi River Valley.Read Full Bio