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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 wife and full time mother of three children with a passion for education.  Celeste Eustis used her MBA in finance to work as a full time commercial banker for 6 years before retiring to raise her family, but continues to provide asset management services for family businesses.  Born and raised in New Orleans, Celeste and her family are devoted to the growth and development of the city, including its education system.  


Murray Pitts

now retired, was a fund raising consultant and a teacher for many years.  She is a native of New Orleans and has served on various non-profit boards.


Beaux Jones