Staff

Stephen Gele is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. In the aftermath of Kevin Kane’s death, Stephen came forward to ensure The Pelican Institute continued its work as a guarantor of liberty issues in Louisiana. Stephen Gele is a New Orleans litigation attorney who has been involved with the organization since its founding in 2008.

William Booher is the Interim Executive Director of The Pelican Institute, having been named to that role in December of 2016 in order to help to get things back on track after the tragic death of Kevin Kane. He has worked in a variety of political positions over the years, including for campaigns and organizations working in Louisiana, where he attended school at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.

Trent Hill is the Digital Marketing Strategist for the Pelican Institute, working to expand the digital footprint of the only think-tank in Louisiana committed to small government, low taxes, and less spending. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he still lives and works at a digital marketing company.

Margaret Mire is a policy expert on staff at The Pelican Institute, most frequently called upon to discuss issues like criminal justice reform, taxation, and budgetary excess. She currently works with American for Tax Reform in Washington D.C. while helping to steer Louisiana policy conversations in a liberty-friendly direction.

Kevin Kane is the immediate past president of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, which he founded in 2008. Kevin passed away in 2016 and it is now The Pelican Institute’s mission to continue his life work of advancing sound policies based on the principles of free enterprise, individual liberty and limited government.