Caitlynn Coco has had a passion for fundraising and volunteering in her community for many years before joining The Emerge Foundation in January of 2023 as the Manager of Communications and Events. She has 14 years of experience working in event planning, design, floral design, marketing, and communications, but she has always felt most at home in a non-profit setting.
Caitlynn worked for the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens as the Assistant Event and Marketing Coordinator from 2019 to 2021. During the pandemic, she navigated a new approach to fundraising and providing educational services through virtual events, including organizing and executing the successful first virtual Louisiana Master Gardener class.
In 2022, Caitlynn became the Convention Services Manager at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center where she organized large conventions, galas, and other business meetings, planning all catering and event needs. She also worked closely with the marketing department, helping to design fun and fresh campaigns to promote events and bookings.
She is currently studying for her Bachelor of Communications degree with a focus in Public Relations at LSU with an expected graduation date of May 2025. Caitlynn enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, Alphonse, and their 3 dogs and 3 cats. Having many neurodivergent loved ones, Caitlynn is very passionate and committed to Emerge’s mission. She is eager to use her skills to further Emerge’s work in the community and loves working with the children we serve every day.