2014 – 2015 Fellows

Murtuza Ali

Title: Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Section of Cardiology; Director of Quality Improvement Initiatives; Co-Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Interim LSU Hospital; Program Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

Employer: LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans

Education: Trinity University, San Antonio, TX (BS, Biology); LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA (MD)

Civic Engagement: Volunteer, American Heart Association; Volunteer physician, Student-Run Homeless Clinic (LSU)

Shawn M. Barney

Title: Managing Director

Employer: CLB Porter, LLC

Education: Howard University, Washington DC; Freeman School of Business, Tulane

Civic Engagement: Catholic Charities (Finance & Gen Board), Arts Council of New Orleans (Finance , Int’l, Exec Comm) Film Festival/Film Society (Finance & Gen Board) Audubon Montessori (Finance & Gen Board)

Westley Bayas III

Title: Project Coordinator

Employer: Welcome Table New Orleans

Education: Louisiana State University & A&M College (B.G.S.)

Civic Engagement: Young Democrats of New Orleans New Leaders Council – Louisiana Young Leadership Council

Buddy Boe

Title: Chief Administrative Officer

Employer: St Charles Parish Government,

Education: Tulane University

Civic Engagement: National Association of Counties NextGen Network; Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance; Louisiana Industrial Executives Association; Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans; Bryan Bell Leadership Forum; Loyola Institute of Politics; New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute; Young Leadership Council Leadership Development Series; ; HIVE/Change.org Global Young Leader; NACo County Leadership Institute

Nandi F. Campbell

Title: Jason R. Williams and Associates- Of Counsel Nandi F. Campbell, Attorney at Law Orleans Public Defenders, Conflict Attorney Tulane University Law School- Assistant Professor

Employer: Orleans Public Defenders, Tulane University Law School

Education: CUNY Baccalaureate Program, University of Georgia School of Law

Michelle D. Craig

Title: Labor and Employment Law Lawyer

Employer: Adams and Reese, LLC, Partner

Education: Northwestern State University, Louisiana State University

Civic Engagement: Legal Counsel, National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, 2007-2009; First Tee of Greater New Orleans, Board Member, 2008-2010; Appointed to Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Transition Team on Blight, 2010; Member of the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants & Business Association Board of Advisors, 2010; Urban League Young Professionals, Founder and Executive Board Member, 2008-2011; Urban League New Orleans Guild, Founder, 2012-Present; Adams and Reese Diversity Committee, Member, 2011-Present; Member of the UNCF Young Leadership Council, 2012-present; Co-Founder of DiversiTea Divas, a Mentoring Organization

Nash Crews

Title: Consultant

Employer: Educate Now!

Education: Furman University, University of Mississippi Graduate School

Civic Engagement: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana

Paulette Carter, MPH, LCSW

Title: President/CEO

Employer: Children’s Bureau of New Orleans

Education: Tulane University, Newcomb College Master’s in Social Work – Tulane University, School of Social Work Master’s in Public Health – Tulane University, School of Public Health

Civic Engagement: City of New Orleans Interagency Behavioral Health Council Member, New Orleans’ Health Department’s Task Force on Trauma Informed Care President, Council of United Way Agencies Past Chair, New Orleans Kids Partnership.

Andrea Chen 

Title: Co-Founder, Executive Director

Employer: Propeller: A Force of Social Innovation

Education: Stanford University, University of New Orleans/Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dartmouth University Tuck School of Business

Gia M. Hamilton

Title: Director, Joan Mitchell Center

Employer: John Mitchell Foundation in New York

Education: New York University, CUNY Graduate Center

Civic Engagement: American Anthropological Association, Independent Curators International, ArtTable, Res Artis, 

Christopher J. Kane

Title: Partner

Employer: Adams and Reese, LLC

Education: Christian Brothers University (Memphis), B.A.B.S., Economic/Finance Christian Brothers University (Memphis), M.B.A. Loyola University, School of Law (New Orleans)

Civic Engagement: Loyola Institute of Politics, Fellow Young Leadership Council, Secretary/ General Counsel

Julius E. Kinbrough, Jr.

Education: Hampton University, B.A.,  University of Chicago, M.P.P., University of Chicago, M.B.A.

Ethan Linden

Title: Rabbi

Employer: Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation

Education: Cornell University, Jewish Theological Seminary (Rabbinic Ordination)

Civic Engagement: Rabbinic Council of Greater New Orleans, Micah Project

Erika McConduit-Diggs

Title: President and CEO

Employer: Urban League of Greater New Orleans

Education: Howard University; Loyola University School of Law

Civic Engagement: New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute’s Board of Directors, the KID smART Board of Directors, the New Orleans Kids Partnership as the former Vice Chair and Parliamentarian, African American Women of Purpose and Power as Vice Chair of Programs, Orleans Public Education Network’s Board of Directors, National Urban League’s Emerging Leader graduate, and United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council Member, Crescent City Chapter of Links, Inc., Jack and Jill of America New Orleans Chapter, NOCCA Institute Board.

Peggy Mendoza

Employer: City Year

Education: Tulane University 

Civic Engagement: Board Member – Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, New Orleans Kids Partnership, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Super bowl Host Committee, Mayor’s Youth and Families Task Force

Monique G. Morial

Title: Judge, First City Court, New Orleans

Employer: State of Louisiana

Education: Emory University, Tulane University School of Law, Graduate of Institute of Politics – Loyola University

Civic Engagement: Sugar Bowl Committee

Florencia Greer Polite, MD

Employer: LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of OBGYN OBGYN, Director of Residency Training Program, OBGYN Director of Generalist Division

Education: Harvard College, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Civic Engagement: LINKS, Inc.: Member, Health Facet Committee

Coleman Douglas Ridley, Jr.

Title: Managing Director

Employer: Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region/

Education: College of William and Mary, Tulane University Law School

Civic Engagement: New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (Board Member); Crescent City Schools (Board Member); The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute (Board Member); Youth Empowerment Project (Board Member); Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (Board Member)

Ava Rogers

Title: Deputy CAO of Operations

Employer: City of New Orleans

Education: Georgetown University,  Harvard Kennedy Graduate School 

Civic Engagement: Extensive overseas volunteer service, Neighborhood Partnership Network (NPN) (New Orleans); Various after-school tutoring organizations (New Orleans, Washington DC, Boston).

Steven J. Salm

Title: Class of 1958 Endowed Professor of History

Employer: Xavier University

Education: University of Wisconsin – Madison (BA), University of Texas at Austin (MA, PhD)

Civic Engagement: Volunteer – Lusher Charter School & Morris Jeff Community School, Volunteer Coach – Louisiana Fire U5/U6, Member – Faubourg Saint John Neighborhood Association

Curry W. Smith

Title: Executive Director

Employer: Young Leadership Council

Education: Tulane University

Civic Engagement: Young Leadership Council, 504ward, Roosevelt Pipeline New Orleans, Prelude (LPO-Affiliated Young Professionals Organization)

Kyle Wedberg

Title: President and CEO

Employer: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Education: St. Olaf College- Urban Studies, American Racial and Multicultural Studies and Urban Studies (Triple Major, Concentration in Africa and the African Diasporal); University of Massachusetts- Amherst, Center for Public Policy and Administration, Master of Public Policy and Administration

Civic Engagement: City Year/Americorps Volunteer- 1996-1997, Coro Fellow- 1998, NORLI- 2010 Leadership Louisiana- 2012, Bywater Neighborhood Association- Past Member, Superintendent of Education Louisiana Believes Committee- Past Member

Charles E. West II

Title: Director, Inovation Delivery Team

Employer: City of New Orleans

Education: Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Computer Science; Georgia Institute of Technology, M.B.A.