A native Louisianan, Camille Manning-Broome is internationally recognized for her expertise in resilience and adaptation planning. Her leadership on issues of land loss, coastal community sustainability, climate change resilience and adaptation as well as resident-led community planning has contributed to the transformation of cities, towns and parishes throughout Louisiana and has created knowledge of interest to peers throughout the U.S. and the globe, from South Africa to Scotland to Denmark.
Having spent time in various parts of the state throughout her life – summers in Natchitoches, graduate school work in lower Plaquemines Parish, and now raising a family in Baton Rouge, Camille’s driving passion is planning for a Louisiana her kids will be proud to call home. She invests her personal and professional energy into engaging local and state leadership in support of resident-driven planning efforts. Through this work, Camille prioritizes resilience, equity, and preservation of cultural and social ties for all residents, with emphasis on populations facing challenges associated with historical disinvestment, land loss and changing climate conditions.
As President and CEO, Camille oversees CPEX’s multidisciplinary team as they develop plans and provide technical assistance, data and research, policy guidance, communications support and thought leadership to communities seeking to make thoughtful decisions about how they develop and grow. Camille is a member of the CPEX Board of Directors and works closely with them to set the organization’s vision and advance CPEX’s mission to bring people and planning together to make great places.
In her previous role as Senior Vice President, Camille guided CPEX’s planning and implementation team in developing comprehensive plans, model land-use tools, and implementation strategies for more than 30 Louisiana communities. She built CPEX’s coastal resilience line of work by engaging coastal communities in creating a vision for the future of the working coast and developing the strategies, programs, and resources necessary to make progress toward that vision. Camille managed CPEX’s business development activities and has cultivated and maintained strategic relationships with funders, project partners, consulting clients, and stakeholders.
Camille’s prior career experience includes work in nonprofit, private and government sectors. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she was among the first planners on the ground, working across 36 parishes to develop the Louisiana Speaks regional plan. She served as Assistant Deputy of Operations for FEMA’s Long-Term Community Recovery group and was later recruited to the Shaw Group where she co-authored Louisiana’s first Coastal Master Plan. She has attended Congressional delegation trips to the Netherlands and Japan to study water and disaster management.
Camille has a B.A. in Art History and an M.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis on Disaster Science and Management from Louisiana State University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Sciences at LSU; her dissertation research is focused on community adaptation to climate change.