New Orleans Welcome Speaker
We are excited to announce that the ALE opening session will feature the Honorable LaToya Cantrell welcoming us to New Orleans and discussing the power of community-based efforts aimed at resilience in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill. Her passion for service through her role as the New Orleans District B Councilmember has provided her with insight into the nexus of academic leadership education and community leadership development. This will undoubtedly be a great opening to our conference and introduction to the sights, sounds, and culture of NOLA!
For more than 20 years, LaToya Cantrell has lived in New Orleans. She graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a minor in Political Science and also completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s executive management program. She has more than ten years of executive management experience working in the non-profit sector.
As a community leader, Cantrell led the citizens’ fight to save their flooded Broadmoor neighborhood following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. Today, Broadmoor is considered a national and global model in post-disaster recovery. There is an “Education Corridor” anchored by a new school, library/community center and community health clinic opening in early 2013. Cantrell has been recognized for her post-Katrina recovery efforts as a Restore America Hero by the National Trust of Historic Preservation, a Young Leadership Council Role Model, a New Orleans Magazine “People to Watch,” a Gambit “40 Under 40,” as well as numerous other awards.
Cantrell has committed her life to community service, serving as the President of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, Board Member of the Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans, Arts Council Committee of Greater New Orleans, Neighborhood Partnership Network, 4-H Foundation of Louisiana, Smart Growth Louisiana and the National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses. She also co-chaired the Neighborhood Development Task Force for Mayor Landrieu’s Transition New Orleans 2010.
As a Councilmember, Cantrell pledges to make constituent services a top priority, striving to improve the quality of life for all residents in the areas of housing, economic development, public education and accessible health care, making District B a safer and better place. She lives with her husband, Jason, and daughter, RayAnn, in District B’s Broadmoor neighborhood and is a parishioner of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.