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 formed his “can-do” attitude and problem-solving capacities resulted in the creation of a team with unparalleled experience and advantages in strategic consulting areas, including the fields of project management and communications.

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 30 years of experience in project management and communications, 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 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 RESTORE LA’s buyout and resettlement programs, Louisiana Watershed Initiative efforts, major transportation planning and implementation efforts.
  • Effective management of community outreach and interactive public participation efforts on local, parish and statewide projects, including appropriate policy refinement on programs. Current projects include the Pecan Acres and Isle de Jean Charles resettlement efforts.
  • 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 – Operations Manager

Kyla is a prime example of how Franklin’s team breathes life into its motto of “Putting People First” within communities. Her ability to work with staff across the country to keep operations and the human resources functions flowing for the organization is critical to the firm’s success. Kyla’s decade of experience with the Franklin team includes direct project involvement and events management, as well as personnel recruitment and retention, and management of multiple staffing projects throughout the country. She is the firm’s proposal development point person as well. Kyla 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

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Ted Devall – Construction Manager

With experience in the construction management field, Mr. Devall is assisting Franklin Associates with implementation of a housing rehab project in East Baton Rouge parish for the Parish’s Redevelopment Authority. Ted previously worked for Mid City Redevelopment Alliance managing their home renovation program.

His role includes:

  • Field inspection of construction and renovation activities
  • Case management
  • Oversee environmental inspections process by 3rd party contractor

Johnathan Hill

Johnathan Hill – Project Manager

Johnathan is a Ph.D. candidate in organizational leadership, possesses a masters degree in ministry and a bachelors in business management with a minor in political science. Though new to Franklin during the fall of 2018, Mr. Hill will be instrumental in assisting our core team with public engagement efforts and in general project management tasks. His work experience includes serving as a program coordinator for the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, a special agent for the Louisiana Department of Justice, and Executive Director for Young Emerging Leaders of Louisiana. He has been engaged with community organization such as MetroMorphosis, Capitol High School Alumni Association, and is a past fellow of the Urban Leadership Development Initiative.

Ritney Castine

Ritney Castine – Project Manager

Ritney Castine has devoted his life’s work to address some of society’s most complex and pressing social issues.  He’s passionate about helping people and organizations do the most good, for the most people, in the smartest way possible.  With expertise in strategic planning and facilitation, Ritney has a track record of working with individuals and organizations to position themselves as innovative change-makers within the communities they seek to serve.

He has served in key roles developing communications and advocacy strategies for national nonprofit organizations, and has trained and mobilized various constituent groups around progressive public policy issues.

Mr. Castine’s work has been recognized nationally, and he was recently profiled by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top 100 BE Modern Men for 2017, a program that recognizes men of color who have done or are doing exceptional work within their communities, within their respective industries and/or globally.

Beyond a bachelor’s degree, Ritney possesses a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University and a Master of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary.