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Patrick Norton

is the Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer of Tulane University.  He is a certified public accountant and received an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.A. from Columbia University.  Previously, Patrick was the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at Middlebury College and served on the boards of Porter Medical Center and Middlebury Interactive Languages.


Stephen J. Boyard Jr.

is a retired teacher/school administrator with over 35 years of working experience in the field of education in the City of New Orleans.


Grisela Jackson

is a mother, pastor’s wife and business woman with a passion for education and a love for children.  Endeavoring to bring back quality public school education for all the children of our city, she led the efforts to restart and rebuild Lawrence D. Crocker Elementary School with support and involvement from members of the Historic Second Baptist Church and other committed residents from the community.  A native of Puerto Rico and a New Orleanian since the age of eight, Ms. Jackson is a product of Orleans Parish public schools.


Barbara Campbell MacPhee

is the founding principal of the N.O. Charter Science & Mathematics High School, now retired.  She has served on various local, non-profit boards and maintains a strong interest in public education and classical music opportunities for children in New Orleans.


James Raby

is a graduate of Walter L. Cohen High School in Central City, New Orleans and is the President of the Walter L. Cohen Alumni Association.


Shaun Rafferty

is an attorney practicing commercial and transactional law in New Orleans for over 32 years.  He previously served on the boards of Longue Vue House and Gardens, the New Orleans Museum of Art, St. George’s Episcopal School and Crocker Arts and Technology School, among others.


Julia Walker

is a development professional who has worked with nonprofits in New Orleans for over 25 years.  She served as VP for Advancement at Tulane, where she directed a $250M national campaign.  Julie is now an independent fundraising consultant and has worked with several charter schools since Katrina.  She has published four fundraising books and is a national speaker and presenter.


Celeste Eustis

is a native New Orleanian with a background in corporate finance and an MBA from The University of New Orleans. She currently serves as a community volunteer for a variety of philanthropic efforts while raising her three children.