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Wayne Tedesco

Asst. Deputy Director, Grants and Administration

 

Wayne Tedesco serves as the Assistant Deputy Director of Grants and Administration for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).  His responsibilities are to support the Deputy Director/Chief of Staff and Director with respect to the agency’s Preparedness, Prevention, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation activities with the focus of directing the agency’s Grants and Administration activities for Homeland Security, Recovery, Finance, Budget, Audit, Contracts, Procurement, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Information Technology, Travel, Facility Services Management, and the Federal Grant Compliance sections and is fiscally responsible for the oversight and management of the agency’s $4 billion annual budget.

Prior to joining the GOHSEP team in May 2022, Wayne served the citizens of the State of Louisiana for 20 years in multiple capacities to include Public Safety, Housing, and Environmental Quality  with agencies such as the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Public Safety Services, Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA) , and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) respectively.  

From September 2007 to May 2022, Wayne worked in the Financial Services Division of the Office of Management and Finance for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Public Safety Services  where he served as a Senior Accountant Manager in the areas of Funding Analysis, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Procurement, Grants, Reconciliation, Fiscal Reporting, Program Administration, and Project Management.  During this time, he managed, fiscally led, and supported the following LDPS&C, Public Safety Services agencies:  Office of Management and Finance, Office of State Police, Office of Motor Vehicles, Office of Legal Affairs, Office of State Fire Marshal, Gaming Control Board, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission, Highway Safety Commission, State Police Commission, Office of State Police Training Academy, DPS Cafeteria, Supplemental Payments to Law Enforcement Personnel (Police, Fireman, Marshals, Constables, Justices of the Peace), as well as providing just the same Back-Office financial support functions for the Office of Juvenile Justice, Local Housing of State Juvenile Offenders, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. 

The experience both shared and gained with GOHSEP coupled with the rewarding realization of making an aiding and lasting impact on our citizens and the public as a result of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic learns is what led to his desire to want to join the GOHSEP Agency.

From September 2005 to September 2007, directly after the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and with the demanding Housing boom on the cuff, Wayne quickly propelled himself to the forefront of this industry and where the need was by joining the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA) where he took on his first supervisory role in managing both the Single and Multifamily Mortgage Revenue Bond Programs for this Agency.

From January 2002 to September 2005, Wayne worked in the Financial Services Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) where he first began his career as an Accountant working in both Accounts Receivable and Budget.

Professional Memberships included:  
  • Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
Wayne is a native of Arabi, Louisiana in St. Bernard Parish and is a former graduate of Chalmette High School in 1996 and Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) in 2002.  At SLU, he received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a Minor in Management.  Wayne now resides in Ponchatoula, Louisiana with his wife Rachel and their 3 children, Jace, Ashton, and Milania.