Where did you go to school?
Even at age 25, I’m aware of a quintessential New Orleans question: “Where did you go to school?” Of course, this means high school. I am a proud graduate of the Country Day Class of 2009. After, I attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL and graduated with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications in 2013. Now happily back home, I work as a Design Associate with Kim Starr Wise Floral Events, a boutique event design and floral company.
What is one aspect of NOLA you would like to see improve?
I would love to see the continual improvement of the education system. We need to push to provide and invest in reliable and accessible education for the entirety of Orleans parish. Post-Katrina, we came to a tipping point where more and more residents started to see that New Orleans can’t simply rely on private schools as the only viable education option.
The city can’t persist if it’s wed to the “bubble” model - small pockets of neighborhoods characterized by their safety and good schools, which subsist in a greater bowl that is characterized by inadequate standards of living. A poor education system leads to rising rates of crime in the streets, which in turn puts us at risk to lose our transplants and even possibly our own born and raised twenty-somethings.
What is one aspect of NOLA you would like to see preserved?
A fan of architecture, my car windows are always rolled down, and a big smile is always on my face in awe of this amazing city that I get to call home. But with new developments always in the works and neighborhoods seeing revitalizations, New Orleans architecture has the potential to be compromised. These homes & historic buildings, which draw so much adoration from locals and visitors alike, should have our watchful attention. Though it is great when you see these once essential neighborhood landmarks revitalized into a new concept for emerging neighborhoods. Take St. Roch Market, the building preserved, but inside more beautiful than ever with a modern flare (and fare)!
What is a charitable organization that you don’t think gets the love and support it deserves?
Being part of the Junior Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope New Orleans, I feel like I am a little biased, but for all the right reasons. BHGH is a life changing organization that provides children ages 10 – 18, with a healthy and safe living environment, high-quality education opportunities, and ultimately a meaningful connection to society through service.
These kids thrive off of meaningful and inspiring relationships with their community volunteers, who push them to succeed goals such as going to college & being an active member in the community that they may never have thought imaginable. I know many friends and colleagues who I believe would be a great asset to the organization and its children. While there are many ways you can serve this organization, the organization can only reach its full potential with the help of consistent community volunteers whose personalities and genuine care for others could really develop a lasting impact on these kids lives.
What has helped draw you to attend our events?
While Millennial Spirits throws GREAT parties, the organization really excels at engaging young professionals, fresh out of college, in a discussion about the future of New Orleans.It makes young influencers engaged and aware of organizations that impact our city. From the inaugural Cocktails Against Crime, I knew that this group of future mover and shakers has the right mindset to start a young adult movement of caring for the future of our city.
I really admire how Millennial Spirits has the ability to congregate a thriving group of young professionals, who has a passion for the city and a sense of urgency, to preserve and develop it. I love seeing old friends and making new ones Y’all just do it right!