Core Staff

Perry J. Franklin Sr., MBA – President and Principal in Charge

Perry is president and founder of Franklin Associates, LLC, a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Hudson Initiative firm based in Baton Rouge, LA. His extensive community outreach, community affairs and redevelopment backgrounds have resulted in the creation and maintenance of a team with unparalleled experience and advantages in the fields of communications, project management and planning.

Specifically, Perry’s background includes:

  • Partnership development across community segments for effective collaboration
  • National Director of Community and Governmental Affairs for Louisiana’s Road Home Program
  • Issues management and policy development on statewide and national task forces
  • Public hearing facilitation
  • Survey development and analysis
  • Registered Louisiana lobbyist
  • Well-respected entrepreneurship presenter
  • Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge



Risa Mueller

Risa Mueller, PMP – Vice President, Senior Public Affairs Strategist

With more than 29 years of experience in the communications, marketing, and project management fields, Risa’s dedication to successful conclusions has served the firm’s clients well. Risa joined the Franklin team in 2006, and currently manages client relations, provides deliverables oversight and facilitates the firm’s communications and project management practices. A native of Terrebonne Parish, she works from the firm’s Baton Rouge office and travels regularly throughout the state and southeast United States. Her directly relevant experience includes:

  • Community relations management for private and public clients across the state
  • Media relations adviser for clients statewide, including planning firms, engineering firms, petrochemical companies, and numerous non-profit organizations
  • Facilitator of collaborations across multiple layers of project contractors, including employees, executive management and state leadership on statewide projects such as Louisiana Road Home (OCD) and BAYOU HEALTH rollout (DHH)
  • Effective management of community outreach and interactive public participation efforts on local, parish and statewide projects
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute



Kyla Collier

Kyla Collier – HR/Outreach Manager

Kyla is a prime example of how Franklin’s team breathes life into its motto of “Putting People First” within communities. Internally, her ability to work with staff across the country to keep the human resources functions flowing for the organization is critical to the firm’s success. Externally, her capacity to interact with community residents, business leaders and project directors in a calm, open and welcoming manner assures that her events flow well. Based in the firm’s Baton Rouge office, Kyla has coordinated and implemented over 100 community meetings and hearings within Louisiana across multiple projects for Franklin over a nine-year span of time. Her relevant experience includes:

  • Developing and implementing community events for clients
  • Coordination of inbound and outbound telephone outreach for surveys and event promotions
  • Coordination of collateral printing and event logistics
  • Conducting grassroots outreach efforts
  • Project Management support
  • Earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge



James Taylor

James Taylor, AICP – Senior Planner and Project Manager

James is a certified urban planner with over 17 years of experience in his field. He is proficient in redevelopment planning, park system and recreation planning, and cultural/historic resource planning. James has technical expertise with GIS data analysis and mapping and also is skillful with landscape architectural design and construction document production. James earned his undergraduate degree in horticultural science from Clemson University and his masters of landscape architecture from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. His specific experience includes:

  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Redevelopment Planning
  • GIS Analysis & Cartography
  • Cultural-Heritage Tourism Planning
  • Public Meeting Presentations
  • Survey Development and Analysis
  • Website Development and Content Maintenance
  • Landscape Design
  • Project Management


Antonio Carriere
Antonio P.D. Carriere, MPA – Outreach Coordinator

With experience in the public administration, public policy, and urban planning fields, Antonio’s passion, leadership, technical depth, and ability to connect with others will serve the firm’s clients well, along with his commitment to everyday excellence to our company. Antonio Carriere is grounded in the framework of community development and social change with an equity lens, which works with various organizations to revolutionize outcomes for the constituents they serve. Antonio joined the Franklin team in early 2018.  He works from the Baton Rouge office, but does some out-of-town travel and field work.

His role includes:

  • Proposal development, marketing and business development activities
  • Organize, attend and present at business, community, and neighborhood group meetings regarding projects, at the local and state level, its impacts and intended mitigations for private and public clients
  • Develop creative ways to educate communities of forecast goals of development operations while fostering awareness of local, parish and statewide projects
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University  in New Orleans
  • Master of Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge
  • Candidate for Doctorate of Public Policy and Urban Affairs from the Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge