• Clara Baron-Hyppolite

  • Field of Work: College Track Site Director

  • Clara Baron-Hyppolite

    Field of Work: College Track Site Director
  • Steve Cochran

  • Field of Work: Coastal Protection and Restoration

  • Steve Cochran

    Field of Work: Coastal Protection and Restoration

    Areas of expertise: State and federal environmental policy and politics, coastal resilience, coastal restoration and protection, natural infrastructure, rivers and deltas.

    As associate vice president for state affairs, Steve Cochran directs the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) work in priority U.S. states. He has worked for EDF for 25 years.

    Most recently in Louisiana, Steve directed Restore the Mississippi River Delta, a coalition of 5 national, state and local advocacy groups supported coastal protection and restoration. Previously in his career, Steve spent two years as the executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation in New Orleans, and seven years with Louisiana Congressman and then Governor Buddy Roemer, where he served as legislative director in Washington, D.C., then field director and ultimately chief of staff to the governor. In prior roles at EDF, he managed EDF’s domestic and international efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution, served as the executive vice president of EDF’s 501(c)(4) organization, the Environmental Defense Action Fund (EDAF), was the political director of EDAF’s Political Action Committee, and managed EDF’s media, legislative and Internet advocacy work.

  • Jessica Dandridge

  • Field of Work: Non-profit

  • Jessica Dandridge

    Field of Work: Non-profit

    As the Executive Director of The Water Collaborative, Jessica Dandridge has dedicated her to life to community advocacy and campaign development for organizations seeking to be socially, economically and culturally inclusive.

  • Krystin Frazier-Santiago

  • Field of Work: Attorney

  • Krystin Frazier-Santiago

    Field of Work: Attorney

    Attorney Krystin Frazier-Santiago brings a decade of legal expertise and knowledge to
    her practice. Licensed in Texas and Louisiana, Krystin has practiced for many years as
    an accomplished attorney practicing in Environmental Law, Oil and Gas Legacy
    Litigation, Business Law, and Real Estate law. She has been recognized as a Louisiana
    Superlawyer rising start.

    Krystin began her practice with King Krebs and Jurgens’s environmental group. And
    later practice with the oil and gas and environmental group at Kelly Hart and Pitre until
    she began her solo practice career. In her solo practice, Krystin uses her big law firm
    skills and experience while serving her clients, but is able to bring a person touch to her
    client relations.

    With her firm Frazier-Santiago LLC, Krystin assists her clients in real estate
    transactions, environmental and oil and gas matters, estate matters, and business law
    matters. She also managers the firm’s title and real estate settlement practice and
    services several real estate developer and lender clients. She also serves as general
    counsel for small business across the Gulf Coast region. She strongly believes in
    making her clients feel like they are her only client.

    A north Louisiana native, Krystin was born in Ruston and later moved to Grambling
    during her High School career. Krystin graduated Valedictorian from Grambling State
    University and was one of the top ranking graduates of her class at Southern University
    Law Center. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and has a passion
    for promoting generational wealth in the community. Krystin enjoys presenting on the
    topics of business law, title law, environmental law, and estate planning in underserved
    communities.

    After law school Krystin made New Orleans her home. When not practicing law, she
    mostly enjoys activities centered around spending time with her husband and daughter,
    Marielle.

  • Gregory Jackson, Jr.

  • Field of Work: Public Accounting

  • Gregory Jackson, Jr.

    Field of Work: Public Accounting

    Gregory is an auditor with the New Orleans KPMG office providing audit services to the businesses in the local and surrounding areas. Gregory has over 4 years of auditing experience, performing integrated and financial statement audits for public and non-public companies. He has provided services in various industries including healthcare, industrial, oil & gas, and not-for-profit.

  • Mary Jacobs Jones

  • Field of Work: Education Non-profit

  • Mary Jacobs Jones

    Field of Work: Education Non-profit

    As a managing partner with a national education non-profit, Mary is responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of contracts and provides collaboration and oversight to a large regional team. As part of her work Mary partners with school district and charter management organizations to build and implement talent and academic strategy both in Louisiana and nationally. Mary has a BA from San Francisco State University and an MS from Dominican College. A partially committed swimmer and a fully committed dinner party host, Mary lives in New Orleans with her husband, Matt, and two children.

  • Kitty Cook Ramsey

  • Field of Work: Real Estate & Nonprofit Consulting

  • Kitty Cook Ramsey

    Field of Work: Real Estate & Nonprofit Consulting

    I am a Mississippi transplant to New Orleans and am passionate about all things New Orleans, especially New Orleans’ art, culture, and architecture. I love to see homes and communities nurtured and brimming with life and love.

    I have over 30 years experience in marketing, nonprofit fund-raising and operations, and community activism. I live in the Algiers Point community of New Orleans and enjoy spending time watching the sunsets on the levee with family and friends. I love traveling, silversmithing, and exploring New Orleans’ eclectic restaurants and cuisine.

  • Kelly Ransom

  • Field of Work: Attorney

  • Kelly Ransom

    Field of Work: Attorney

    Attorney with the law firm of Kelly Hart & Pitre in New Orleans, Louisiana. My practice is focused on environmental and oil and gas litigation.

    I am passionate about New Harmony High because I believe that education and community involvement are crucial to addressing the coastal erosion and the associated coastal restoration and preservation issues threatening the communities of South Louisiana.

    Kelly.ransom@kellyhart.com

    504-390-6780 (cell) & 504-522-1812 (office)

  • LaShaunda P. René

  • Field of Work: Small Business Finance, Education, & Development

  • LaShaunda P. René

    Field of Work: Small Business Finance, Education, & Development

    LaShaunda René (LPR) is a non-profit, community development professional based in New Orleans. LPR is a graduate of International Business and French Studies from Dillard University of New Orleans and of Public Administration from Walden University of Minneapolis.

    LaShaunda is the Manager of Business Services and Program Development for TruFund Financial Services, a National Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). A focal-point for her work is growing and sustaining quality programs and services for small, minority and women-owned businesses. She believes that entrepreneurship, supported by capacity building and access to adequate and affordable capital are critical pathways to prosperity and economic development in rural and urban communities.

    LPR loves a good cause and her family, which includes a husband, 3 daughters and a son.  She is a lover of all things natural, travel, art, food, astrology and the unexplored.  In her free time, LaShaunda writes and dreams of a future where all children are born in communities where safety, education and economic security are the rule not the exception.

    LaShaunda is passionate about New Harmony because she is a parent and community member who believes in the schools work to support the concept that learning happens everywhere, that learning looks different for everyone and that all students deserve to access education in ways that are meaningful to them and appropriate for their learning styles and educational needs.

  • Dr. Nancy Turner

  • Field of Work: Education Non-Profit

  • Dr. Nancy Turner

    Field of Work: Education Non-Profit

    Nancy (she, her, hers) works at a national education non-profit in a variety of capacities ranging from supporting teacher development, school leadership coaching, and district-level curriculum implementation. She has experience in K-12 education including time as a high school ELA and Social Studies teacher, Special Education Coordinator, Dean of School Culture, and founding turnaround school leader. She holds a BA in History and Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina, an MAT in Secondary Education from The Citadel and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The George Washington University.