Secretary Pam Breaux
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
Pam Breaux was appointed Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism July 1, 2008. From January 2004 until 2008, she served as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Cultural Development, in DCRT. As assistant secretary, she oversaw Louisiana's arts, historic preservation, archaeology, and cultural economy programs. A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Breaux graduated from McNeese State University with a bachelor of arts degree in English. Later she graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a master of arts degree in English and folklore.
Breaux managed Southwest Louisiana's Decentralized Arts Funding Program from its inception through its seventh year. Further, she spent six years as executive director of the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. During her tenure there, she worked to develop the Central School Arts & Humanities Center as well as the Southwest Louisiana Cultural Tourism Coalition. She also led the Louisiana Division of the Arts as its executive director from 2001 until 2004.
Breaux currently serves as Vice President of the Board for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, as a board member for the Southern Arts Federation, U.S. Travel Association, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center. She has also served on the board of directors and was vice president for NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts/Riverfront.