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Marie DesOrmeaux Centanni


Marie DesOrmeaux Centanni created Centanni Communications to draw on her education and media experience in all realms of the political arena, in short, to do what she enjoys. Since 2009, she has helped clients reach significant goals through her use of targeted messaging and legislative strategy, all based on practices she's picked up along a journey between the often duelling worlds of journalism, issue advocacy and public affairs.

Among her clients are elected officials, political candidates, small business owners, non-profits and economic development entities.

An award-winning journalist, she worked as reporter and anchor at KLFY in Lafayette and as Capitol Correspondent for WAFB in Baton Rouge. She served as Communications Director for Arkansas Congressman Mike Ross, Washington, DC-based USA Rice Federation, and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, and for four years advocated for economic development policy as Vice President, Public Policy for the Chamber SWLA. Since 2012 she has helped the Council for A Better Louisiana facilitate its state-wide Leadership Louisiana program.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a Master's Degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management in Washington, D.C. She is a board member and founder of the Acadiana Press Club and serves on the board of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Louisiana, and in 2014, she was honored as one of Acadiana’s Women Who Mean Business.


She is married to Lafayette Parish School Board Member Justin Centanni, they have three children and live in Lafayette.