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Lawliss Turner

Doctoral Student
Lawliss Turner

I'm a native of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, I wanted to come home and help play a part in the recovery efforts. I took a job at the Louisiana Department of Economic Development in the state capital where my main function was to attract large scale investment and job development. Thereafter, I took a job at the City of New Orleans, Office of Community and Economic Development. In this position, I was the lead project manager for the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, which was a $14 million private/CDBG investment in grocery stores in established food deserts in the New Orleans. I am currently working for a family food development and import business called A La Carte Specialty Foods. I volunteer with high school students with Youth Run Nola, am a member of Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, and am former board member of Sojourner Truth Academy.

Primary Classification: 
The Payson Center at Tulane has been great opportunity for me to explore my interest in international affairs, build knowledge on development issues, meet very unique individuals who are passionate about how to contribute to the world, and discover my vocation in food security.
  • B.A., Morehouse College, Business Administration, 2005
  • M.A., Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky, Diplomacy Studies, 2007
  • Ph.D Doctoral Student, Payson Center for International Development, Tulane University, 2010-Present
Country Experience: 
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
South Africa

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