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Board of Commissioners

The Build Baton Rouge Board of Commissioners is a composed of five members appointed to serve three year terms. Three of the members are appointed by the East Baton Rouge City-Parish Mayor-President, one member is appointed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and one member is appointed by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce. All appointments are confirmed by the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council.

Rodney Braxton

Chairman
Rodney Braxton serves as the President of Southern Strategy Group, a governmental affairs firm. He previously served as Assistant Chief of Staff to former Governor Murphy J. “Mike” Foster, an Associate Commissioner of Governmental Relations for the Louisiana Board of Regents, Undersecretary of the Louisiana Department of Labor, and the first Executive Director of the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights. Currently, Braxton serves as Parliamentarian of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and as the Chair of the Young Leaders Academy. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of New Orleans and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.

Braxton was appointed to the Build Baton Rouge Board of Directors in 2011 by former Mayor-President Holden and again in 2017 by Mayor-President Broome.

Brian Haymon

Vice Chairman
Brian Haymon is the Founder and CEO of Loadstar Product Handling Services serves as the Vice Chair of New Schools for Baton Rouge, Chair of the LSU Honors College Advisory Council, and as a Baton Rouge Area Chamber Board member. He previously served as a chairperson for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and on the board of Capital Area United Way.

Haymon was appointed to the Build Baton Rouge Board of Directors in 2017 by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

Suzanne Turner

Treasurer
Suzanne (Susan) Turner is a retired landscape architecture professor and spent 25 years as a member of LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. She holds a Bachelor degree in art history from Emory University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. During her years at LSU, Turner taught landscape architecture, worked as a consultant for firms across the country, was the graduate coordinator for the College of Art & Design, twice served the college as Associate Dean, and was the college’s Interim Director. She is currently the principal of a research and design firm, Suzanne Turner Associates, which specializes in historical and cultural landscapes and design and planning where meaning and place matter.

Turner is the author of The Garden Diary of Martha Turnbull, Mistress of Rosedown Plantation (LSU Press, 2012); coauthor of Houston’s Silent Garden: Glenwood Cemetery, 1871–2009 (Texas A&M Press, 2010); and coauthor of The Gardens of Louisiana: Places of Work and Wonder (LSU Press, 1997). In spring 2014, the College of Art & Design thanked Turner for her commitment to LSU and the Baton Rouge community by honoring her with the 2014 College of Art & Design Honor Award and inviting her to deliver the spring 2014 commencement address. Turner has spent many years volunteering in the Baton Rouge community. She is the co-founder of BREADA (Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance) and currently serves as an executive committee member and on the board of Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

Turner is the last of the original board members and was appointed to the Build Baton Rouge Board of Directors in 2008 by the Mayor-President Holden and again in 2017 by Mayor-President Broome.

Theodore Major

Secretary
Ted Major is the Owner/Broker of The Major Agency, which specializes in real estate sales, marketing and property management. He has previously served on the board of the Research Park Corporation, the Private Industry Council, the Workforce Investment Board, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Mayor Sharon West Broome’s transition team, among other appointments. He has also served as President of the Baton Rouge Association of Real Estate Brokers.

Major was appointed to the Build Baton Rouge Board of Directors in 2017 by Mayor-President Broome.

Charles Landry

Charles Landry is a Partner with Fishman Haygood and practices in the areas of real estate development, real estate finance, land use and zoning. He has represented numerous parties in a wide range of real estate transactions, which have included residential developments, office buildings, shopping malls and centers, hotels and medical facilities, golf course communities, and industrial developments. He is widely recognized as one of Louisiana’s leading land use attorneys. He was a founding member of the East Baton Rouge Zoning Advisory Committee and served as the Chairperson from its formation in 2003 to 2017. Landry was instrumental in the formation of the Louisiana Technology Park and serves as General Counsel to the Research Park Corporation. He is the Co-Editor of The Foreign Investor’s Guide to the Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Louisiana, an extensive analysis of the laws of the United States and the State of Louisiana, as those laws may impact a party wishing to invest in Louisiana. Landry holds a Bachelor of Business and J.D. from Louisiana State University.

Landry was appointed to the Build Baton Rouge Board of Directors in 2019 by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.