Jessica Starns is the former executive counsel for the Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control. She has also served as special counsel to the commissioner of the Division of Administration and as special counsel to the governor on budget, tax, commerce and alcoholic beverage legislation.
During her time of government service, Starns played a vital role in converting a $500,000 agency deficit to over a $1.2M surplus by developing and implementing solutions to increase productivity and initiating technological advancements. She also successfully developed and implemented methods to enhance customer service and maximize resources by establishing sound policies and training programs, simplifying bureaucratic processes, eliminating wasteful practices and leading initiatives to work with various state and local departments to combine duplicative regulatory procedures. She was honored as "Division Star" out of hundreds of employees for demonstrating exceptional personal performance standards.
Starns frequently speaks on alcohol and tobacco policy at state and national conferences. She has drafted and played an instrumental role in the passage of over 35 bills and promulgated over 20 regulations aimed at helping good businesses by eliminating red tape and enabling emerging market trends.
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Starns is a graduate of Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law where she was appointed to the Honor Council, was a research assistant in the area of administrative law and was a member of the Tax Law Society and Public Interest Law Foundation. Starns obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University with a double major in sociology and mass communications.