Gwen has a long and deep commitment of service to the Baton Rouge community and connects with this work in a personal way as a graduate of Capitol High School. Prior to joining NSBR, Gwen served as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the Mayor–President of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge. She was responsible for the management and administration of the Department of Human Development Services, the Office of Community Development, the Office of Work Force Development, the Department of Juvenile Services, and the Office of Community Engagement. Before joining the mayor’s team, Gwen served in other executive level positions, including senior vice president of education reform for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, senior director for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation/Plan Baton Rouge, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Social Services, and executive director of the Children’s Cabinet in the Office of the Governor for State of Louisiana.
A Baton Rouge native, Gwen is married to Leo Hamilton. They have three daughters, a son-in-law and granddaughter.