• David Abdullah

  • Field of Work: Attorney

  • David Abdullah

    Field of Work: Attorney

    I am passionate about New Harmony because I am passionate about education in general. Having several educators in my immediate and extended family, the importance of a good education was instilled in me at a young age. I was taught that a proper education is the foundation for both personal and community growth. That said, it is clear to me that one education model does not fit all. To think otherwise is to ignore our individuality. I am passionate about New Harmony because it will provide an alternative platform that will allow students to learn while engaging in an area that truly interests them. Put plainly, if a child is interested in the subject matter, the learning takes care of itself.

  • Hassan Hassan

  • Field of Work: CEO of 4.0 Schools

  • Hassan Hassan

    Field of Work: CEO of 4.0 Schools

    Originally, from Sudan, Hassan (he/him/his) and his mother immigrated to the United States through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery. He was lucky to meet the age requirement that allowed him to access educational and career opportunities that his three older siblings couldn’t. This experience would later drive his deep commitment to dismantling barriers to social and financial capital. He went on to study electrical engineering and economics at Iowa State University. Prior to taking on the role of CEO, Hassan was 4.0’s Chief Operating Officer where he applied his analytical training to streamline 4.0’s systems, growing into the role after working as a Portfolio Manager and Investment Director. Throughout his tenure at 4.0, the organization has grown rapidly to a community of over 1000 diverse leaders who serve over a million students and families across the country. Previously, Hassan worked as a management consultant at PwC and Education Resource Strategies. He is a Pahara NextGen alumnus, Education Pioneer alumnus, and an alumnus of both 4.0 fellowships.

  • Jacquelyn Gross

  • Field of Work: CPA

  • Jacquelyn Gross

    Field of Work: CPA

    Jackie is a manager in KPMG’s Tax practice and is a licensed CPA in Louisiana. She focuses on tax planning and provides tax consulting and structuring assistance to both domestic and foreign-owned multi-jurisdictional corporations and partnerships. Jackie teaches trainings with KPMG’s Tax Business School at national and local levels, and volunteers with Junior Achievement and KPMG’s Family for Literacy Foundation. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with majors in finance and accounting, a minor in legal studies, and spent a semester studying abroad in Melbourne Australia. Jackie is excited about New Harmony’s vision to empower students in their learning. She has seen herself and her seven siblings take various education paths and understands learning occurs in and out of the classroom and in different ways for each student. She’s passionate about helping foster an environment in which our students can succeed.

  • 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.

  • Michelle Mathew

  • Field of Work: Non-Profit Development

  • Michelle Mathew

    Field of Work: Non-Profit Development
    Michelle is the Development and Communications Manager at The Wallace Center. Previously, she was the Development Director at Liberty’s Kitchen, a New Orleans-based workforce development NGO. A South Louisiana native, Michelle left home to study, live and work around the globe for a decade before returning home in 2016. 
    With a background in journalism and health, an opportunity to study in Paris and Cairo led her to earn a Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies. Michelle has worked as a baker, consultant and cycling instructor and (having been on the receiving end of many-a-patient mentor) recognizes the power a great teacher can have on a person. Michelle is honored to be a part of New Harmony High School’s story to preserve the state we’re lucky to call home. 
  • Nancy Turner

  • Field of Work: Education Non-Profit

  • 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.

  • Steve Cochran

  • Field of Work: Coastal Protection and Restoration

  • Steve Cochran

    Field of Work: Coastal Protection and Restoration

    Coastal Protection and Restoration – for people, and for nature.

    I am passionate about New Harmony because I think New Harmony High goes to the heart of what we need – creative, energetic, passionate and educated kids on their way to becoming adults, focused on every aspect of our biggest problem here. With that as a base, how can we not succeed.

  • 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.