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Nic Walts.
Director of Governmental Affairs

Nic Walts serves as Director of Governmental Affairs at The Picard Group. Prior to The Picard Group, he worked in the Louisiana State Senate, in particular with the Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee, who is charged with crafting the capital outlay budget responsible for funding projects throughout Louisiana each year. Walts also worked with the governor’s office and on several congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. He brings a wealth of knowledge concerning the legislative process in Louisiana, the capital outlay process, and an understanding of a multitude of both state and local issues.

Originally a native of California, Walts moved to Louisiana to attend Louisiana State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is a former Civic Chairman of The705 Young Professionals, Executive Finance Committee member for Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, and mayoral appointee to the Lafayette Charter Transition. Walts is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class XXVIII and a 2017 The Daily Advertiser “20 Under 40” Award recipient. He sits on the Board for Junior Achievement of Acadiana and the political committee for One Acadiana.

He is married to Leah Walts and has two children.

Our Team

Rodney Alexander.


Nick Cahanin.


Ward Cormier.

Senior Director of Federal Affairs

Steve Cosminski.

Director of Finance

Emily Bacque Da Silva.


Curtis Erdmann.

Federal Affairs Analyst

Faith Garbett.

Director of Administration

Hunter Hall.


Caroline Higgins.

Director of Ethics and Compliance

Paige Hightower.

Director of External Affairs

Andrew Holleman.

Director of State and Federal Governmental Affairs

Chuck Kleckley.


David Koke.

Director of Governmental Affairs

Catherine Lenz.

Director of Health Policy

Mike Michot.


Tyron Picard.

Managing Partner

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