Cannon Wiest

Placement: Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security

Hometown: New Orleans, La.

School: Louisiana State University

Fields of Study: B.A., Political Science

Selected Activities and Community Involvement: Arnold Air Society of the Air Force; Upsilon Phi Upsilon, Fraternity, Inc.; Big Buddy program

Prior Work Experience: I have worked extensively in the food and beverage industry throughout my years in the labor force; most notably at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge and at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans.

Why Baton Rouge is important to me: There are as many places to be seen as there are to hide, to be social as to be reflective. It fits well within my personality and allows me to live in the moment at any particular time. The people are incredibly different from one another, yet all seem to share a special bond to Baton Rouge. I’ve had this bond with Red Stick and look forward to reestablishing it through involvement with the people, places, and sounds or the city.

Something unique about me: My family can trace its American roots to William Bradford, governor of the Plymouth settlement for over thirty years. Our family still has a water pitcher from the Mayflower voyage, and donated a silver wine cup belonging to Bradford to the Smithsonian Institute.

What I’m doing now:  I’m working in the family business in south Louisiana for the moment.  However, I stayed on with the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security for several months after my Fellowship ended and hope to return to public safety and emergency management one day.

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