In 2008, David C Aguillard was appointed Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge by Bishop Robert Muench. Before joining Catholic Charities, David served as President and CEO of Lake Physician Health Organization. Prior to that, he worked for the State of Missouri on welfare and health care reform and was detailed by the governor to serve as director of a presidential commission on urban poverty. David also had an award-winning career as a journalist reporting for several major daily newspapers.
Since becoming Executive Director of Catholic Charities, David created a process which led to a threefold increase in grants and donations for the agency, as well as led the board through a strategic planning process that resulted in a 5-year plan giving direction to the agency for its post-Katrina era. David has overseen the restructuring of the agency to enable it to respond more quickly to the evolving needs of the Diocese, and has been appointed to several civic commissions and boards, among them the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Transit in 2011.
David has contributed articles to Health Progress, the journal of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, and Charities USA, the magazine of Catholic Charities USA. Additionally he has written and spoken at conferences on topics such as leadership in disaster recovery and Catholic Social Teaching.
David has 3 children, Emmi P. Aguillard, Anna Marie P. Aguillard, and David P. Aguillard. He is a New Orleans native and attended Benjamin Franklin High School. He continued his studies by earning his B.A. at St. Louis University. He later earned his M.A. at the University of Michigan and both his M.H.A. and his M.P.A. at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a member of St. Aloysius Parish.