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2016 Paint Your Heart Out Chairperson

David Aubrey 2015 Chairman

David Aubrey
Louisiana's Director of External Affairs
- AT&T

David Aubrey serves as Louisiana’s Director of External Affairs for AT&T. In this role, he manages the external affairs team to plan and implement activities for achieving AT&T’s legislative, regulatory and community objectives. He will also support the selection and implementation of the AT&T Foundation grants, contributions and memberships.   

He was promoted to this position after having served one year as the company’s North Louisiana Regional Director of External Affairs. While in that position, he handled legislative, external, and community affairs initiatives and assisted with new technology deployment and infrastructure investment by collaborating with legislators and business and community leaders throughout twenty-seven (27) parishes.

Mr. Aubrey is the former executive director of the Strategic Action Council (SAC) of Northwest, Louisiana, a broad-based regional, business, and civic organization created to enhance the capacity of the region so that it can compete in today’s global, technology-driven economy. He was the founding managing director of the Minority Supplier Institute. During his tenure, the organization grew from an annual budget of approximately $100K to nearly $500K and built a strong reserve which was unprecedented for nonprofits during the most recent recession. He also recruited and assisted more than sixty (60) minority businesses with securing more than $10 million in contracts with private corporations, majority contractors and government agencies. Upon his resignation, he was elected to serve as a volunteer and an at-large member of its board of directors.

He previously directed community development programs at Southern University-Shreveport (SUSLA), where he oversaw the university’s home ownership, nonprofit support, and a small business/entrepreneurship program. He also co-authored and managed multiple federal grants with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that supported community development efforts between the university and area nonprofits located in low and moderate-income neighborhoods. 

David began his professional career as a math teacher at Homer High School; which was followed by a stint as special assistant to the interim president of Grambling State University (Dr. Leonard Haynes, III), and later, field auditor for Memorial Life Insurance Company.

In 1998, he made history when, at the age of 24, he was elected the first African-American mayor of his hometown of Homer, Louisiana, making him the state’s youngest mayor. Under his leadership, the town of nearly 5,000 experienced significant growth in its business, retail, tourism and manufacturing sectors. Additionally, he sought and received significant funding to improve the town’s streets, water system, fire department, and wastewater plant. 

Once heralded by Ebony Magazine as one of the nation’s Top Future Leaders, Aubrey holds memberships and affiliations in numerous professional, civic, community and philanthropic organizations among which are the Grambling University Foundation Board of Directors and the Committee of One Hundred (Northwest Louisiana’s CEO Roundtable). He is a past board member for United Way of Northwest Louisiana, the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, the Shreveport-Bossier African-American Chamber of Commerce, Shreveport Symphony Organization, the Easter Seals Advisory Board, and co-chaired the Shreveport-Caddo Comprehensive 2030 Masterplan. In addition to his advocacy for minority business development and community and economic development, he is also a staunch supporter of higher education, especially historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). A devout Christian and true humanitarian, David is passionate about serving his community and his church, Lane Chapel CME, where he is a member of the Steward Board. 

David has received numerous awards throughout his professional career for his service to the community and many organizations such as the Top “40 under 40” award by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce in 2007. More recently, he received the 2014 Outstanding Service Award by the Minority Contractors Association of North La as well as the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership and Service Award presented by Grambling State University. 

The 1991 valedictorian of Homer High School graduated with honors from Grambling State University (GSU) in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. While at GSU, he was elected president of the Student Government Association and selected to the University Of Louisiana System Board Of Supervisors as the student member.

He and his wife, the former Millicent Maiden, currently reside in Shreveport.

City of Shreveport, Louisiana