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LASAL Alumnae Joins CPRA as a Member of the Master Plan Team

Mady LeBlanc is from Sunshine, Louisiana, and studied Coastal Environmental Science at LSU where she was a Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL) Scholar. As a LASAL Scholar LeBlanc read the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s (CPRA) Master Plan, and recently joined the CPRA as a member of the Master Plan team. 

“I have a distinct memory of looking through all of the names at the beginning and thinking how cool it would be to be one of those people. Then, as I’m looking for jobs, I see this job listed for the Master Plan team and it was like seeing my dream job,” said LeBlanc. 

LeBlanc spent two years in Europe working on a joint master’s degree in Water and Coastal Management at the Universita di Bologna, Universidade do Algarve, and Universidad de Cadiz, but was eager to come back to Louisiana to tackle an issue close to home — coastal land loss. 

In her role with the CPRA, LeBlanc focuses on coastal morphology code which is used to model projects included in the Master Plan. She works on quality assurance, quality control, supports other aspects of the master plan, and preparation for meetings with advisors and stakeholders.

She believes Honors classes connected her to diverse groups of people that challenged her worldview, leading her to be a creative, well-rounded thinker who is flexible and able to work productively with others. “These skills serve me well in the Master Plan Development Team where we collaborate often with a wide variety of people and all have to work together and support each other to develop the plan,” she notes. 

LeBlanc worked with Dr. Robert Twilley on her Honors thesis, who helped her develop extensive research skills that, she says, ultimately gave her skills she uses in her current role. “Mady is one of those students when sitting around your research lab group discussions who breaks the barrier of undergraduate capabilities in research contributions – she not only contributed but helped set the bar in accomplishments for the group – demonstrating great leadership potential right at the start of her career,” Dr. Twilley recalls. 

Besides being a LASAL Scholar and her passion for coastal science, LeBlanc studied abroad twice and became an international buddy to an international student studying at LSU. She was the Vice President of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, the social chair at Christ the King Church, and a Live 2 Serve volunteer. She was also a member of the Student Wetland Society and a volunteer with LSU Plant the Coast, Coast Roots, and helped launch Project 225. 

The LASAL curriculum bolsters the Honors College experience by providing students with a deeper understanding and unique exposure to issues in Louisiana and giving them the skills and confidence to solve these chronic problems. “LASAL showed me the social justice and applied side of things. I always thought I would end up in academia doing research, but LASAL made me want to be a part of ensuring that research is actually being applied to our coast so that we can use it to make a difference for the people of our coast and our environment.”