Names Lori Joubert Cherry Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs
Released: January 29, 2010
Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon announced today that Lori
Joubert Cherry will serve as Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs
where she will manage the Departments public relations activities.
Her appointment was effective January 25, 2010.
Cherry is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with
a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies.
Cherry has worked as a communications, grassroots, and PAC consultant, specializing
in strategic planning, implementation, and volunteer coordination for both
corporate and non-profit legislative advocacy campaigns. For the past ten years,
Cherry served as in-house grassroots manager for Southwest Airlines, where
she successfully directed several local, state, and federal grassroots legislative
advocacy victories across the U.S. Her team was awarded the prestigious Political
Involvement Program Innovation Award in 2001 by the Public Affairs Council
and again in 2005 at the Innovate to Motivate National Conference for Political
Involvement Professionals by The Showalter Group. With Southwest Airlines she
trained leaders in all cities about legislative initiatives in the aviation
industry, particularly relating to state, local, and congressional legislation.
She oversaw Southwest Airlines annual legislative communications plan which
included writing and publishing monthly grassroots publications and aviation
oriented updates as well as frequent correspondence to congressional members
Prior to her work at Southwest Airlines, Cherry directed state and
local Republican campaigns in her home state of Louisiana. She also
served in 1998 and 1999 as Legislative Aide to then Republican Delegation
Leader and current Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, Jim Donelon.
Cherry is a native of Mandeville, Louisiana. She is married with
two young children, living in Ascension Parish.
Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs, Amy David, resigned on January
7, 2010, to spend more time with her family. David had
worked in the position for the last ten years.
Commissioner Donelon says he is delighted with the addition of Cherry
to the Departments new management team. Cherrys broad experience
in public affairs is a compliment to the Department of Insurance
and I am looking forward to working with her, once again, on many
exciting projects, said Commissioner Donelon.