Michael DiResto

Senior Vice President, Baton Rouge Area Chamber
As the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s senior vice president for economic competitiveness, Michael oversees the organization's public policy research and reform activities aimed at improving the quality of life and economic competitiveness of the Baton Rouge Area. He also leads the organization's engagement on numerous issues impacting the region such as public education, crime, workforce development, small business, transportation, environmental regulation, health care, fiscal policy, innovation and entrepreneurship, and higher education. 

Prior to joining BRAC, Michael worked for five years at Louisiana state government’s Division of Administration, where he served as assistant commissioner for policy and communications. At the Division of Administration, Michael helped lead the department’s policy, research, legislative relations, and implementation of strategic initiatives, with a focus on fiscal issues and government operations. From 1998 through 2007, Michael served as press secretary for the Baton Rouge-area congressional district represented by then-Congressman Richard Baker. Born in New York, Michael has lived in Baton Rouge since 1996. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Dallas, and is a graduate of BRAC’s Leadership class of 2005.