Renee Amar | Executive Director

Before working at LMTA Renee served as vice president for policy and government affairs for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. Amar crafted the Pelican Institute’s legislative strategy, directed its government affairs activities, and oversees major public policy projects for the institute. She collaborated with lawmakers and coalition partners to develop and advance free-market legislation and public education initiatives. 

Previously she served as director of LABI’s Small Business and Healthcare Councils and deputy director of Political Action. Amar gave Louisiana small and independent businesses a voice in government policy making and encouraged a cost-effective, competitive health care market for Louisiana’s employers. Amar also fundraised for LABI’s four PACs—NORTHPAC, EASTPAC, SOUTHPAC and WESTPAC – recruited candidates for office, and developed endorsements.

Prior to joining LABI in November 2013, Amar spent eight years identifying and building relationships with legislators who work diligently to protect small business as the state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. She also worked for the Louisiana Hospital Association for four years in the governmental affairs department.

Amar founded and co-chairs a Policy Circle in Baton Rouge in 2018 where her and her colleague received an award in 2019 for Circle Experience just one year after creation. She serves on the state council for the Women’s Public Leadership Network. Amar started the Louisiana Women Lead organization in 2020 to recruit and train women to run for office. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and pursued her master’s degree at Louisiana State University. She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband Randy and their dogs Maggie, Winston, and Reba. She is also a proud mom of three children, Damon, Brandt and Chloe. 


Allison Strahan | Communications Coordinator

Allison has been with the LMTA since May of 2019. She graduated from Louisiana State University in December of 2018, receiving her degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in public relations. Allison is responsible for designing the annual Membership Directory  as well as updating the LMTA’s social media accounts and website with new information for members. She also helps oversee the production of Open Road magazine. Allison manages the association’s email communications, designs promotional materials for events and handles administration for the Louisiana Household Goods Carriers’ Association. She enjoys being creative in her role and hopes to meet more of the LMTA’s hard-working members. 

Originally from Franklinton, Louisiana, located in rural Washington Parish, Allison moved to Baton Rouge in 2014. In her free time, she volunteers at Cat Haven, a no-kill shelter for cats in the Baton Rouge area.