Leadership Institute of Acadiana

Activating Leaders for a Better Community

aka Leadership Institute of Acadiana   |   LAFAYETTE, LA   |
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Leadership Institute of Acadiana

EIN: 72-1171295


To convene, build, and activate leaders

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Katrena King

Main address

523 Jefferson Street


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Subject area info

Community and economic development

Population served info


NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana aims to convene, build, and activates leaders that seek solutions to community challenges through respectful public discourse, diversity, inclusivity, and strong leadership. We've identified three community challenges that we aim to develop leaders to overcome: complacency and lack of capacity among community leaders; lack of communication and collaboration among leaders and organizations; and a lack of diversity in community leadership.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership Lafayette

Leadership Lafayette is the flagship program of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana and boasts many of the region’s most distinguished leaders as program graduates. The intensive experience is designed to inform, educate, and connect the emerging and experienced leaders of the Lafayette region to some of our community’s biggest assets, most daunting challenges, and most interesting people.

Population(s) Served

The Intro Lafayette program is designed for those with limited time, but plenty of interest in Lafayette Parish. This program is your behind-the-scenes look at important updates on the private, public, and nonprofit sector landscape from those experts working in it while also engaging with your peers participating in the program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Leadership Lafayette

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Graduates of the Leadership Lafayette program

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana convenes leaders through a spectrum of programming. Our participants are equipped with community knowledge and participate in situational leadership building activities. Our stakeholders are activated to take on community leadership roles to develop long lasting community change.

Our work is divided into five strategic buckets:
1-Provide a variety of programming for a spectrum of leaders ranging from emerging to established
2-Accelerate diversity and inclusion among community leaders by accelerating our internal initiatives
3-Provide strong, continued engagement to a wide range of community stakeholders
4-Activate political and civic leaders; connect them to resources
5-Build a strong internal organizational model as a model for other nonprofit and civic organizations

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana was founded in 1987 and volunteer-ran until 2016. LIA boasts over 700 Leadership Lafayette program graduates, over 100 Intro Lafayette graduates, and over 600 Lafayette Junior Leadership graduates. Our largest resource is our volunteer and program graduate base.

We are mid-way through our 3-year strategic plan and have:
-doubled our number of participants served annually
-launched a regional board development program
-developed program metrics to measure the effectiveness of our flagship program
-launched a database to track participants and connect them to community resources
-solidified our organization's work in diversity and inclusion including hosting a civil rights forum for high school students, a disability awareness forum, and serving as the fiscal agent for cross-racial dinners
-hosted a candidate boot-camp to encourage and equip program graduates to run for office

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Leadership Institute of Acadiana
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Leadership Institute of Acadiana

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Leadership Institute of Acadiana

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Katrena King

Leadership Institute of Acadiana

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Leadership Institute of Acadiana

Board of directors
as of 05/13/2024
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Board co-chair

Will Kellner

Kellner Law Firm

Term: 2022 - 2022

Board co-chair

Taniecea Mallery

Association of American Medical Colleges

Term: 2022 - 2022

Alexander Lazard

Destiny of Faith

Brandon Smith


Kyle Boudreaux

Acadian Capital

Larry Attenhofer

Hancock Whitney

Amy Broussard

Woman's Foundation

Bobby Fruge

Under Pressure

Natalie Lemoine

Home Bank

Lacey Maynor


Desiree Provost

Ochsner Health

Fumy Rita


Mike Roebuck

Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission

Troy Wayman

One Acadiana

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/12/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.