BGR Membership Elects New Board Directors

NEW ORLEANS – The Bureau of Governmental Research elected seven new directors at the organization's annual members' meeting, held at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, Wednesday, Nov. 30.

         The new directors are:


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• Andrea Chen, Executive Director of Propeller

• Louis M. Freeman Jr., CEO of Innovation Catalyst

• Alex Gershanik, President of The Power Courses

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• Andrew Lee, Partner at Jones Walker

• Jennifer Neil, General Counsel at POOLCORP

• Slade Simons, Executive Vice President of Gulf Coast Wealth Management

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• Larry Washington, President of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc.


         In addition, four directors were re-elected to a second term:

• Caroline Zetzman-Calhoun, Civic Activist

• Martin Mayer, President and CEO Stirling Properties

• Anthony Recasner, CEO of Agenda for Children

• Nathalie G. Simon, Special Assistant to the CEO & President – Public Policy Initiatives, Laitram LLC


         Officers of the Board of Directors were elected for the 2017 term.

         They are:

• Hardy B. Fowler, Retired Partner, KPMG LLC (Chairman)

• Ludovico Feoli, Executive Director, Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University (Vice Chairman)

• J. Storey Charbonnet, Partner, Johnson Rice & Company, LLC (Secretary)

• Norma Grace, Retired Vice Chancellor for Technology and Economic Development, University of New Orleans (Treasurer)

• Nathalie G. Simon, Special Assistant to the CEO & President – Public Policy Initiatives, Laitram LLC (Assistant Secretary)

• Todd McDonald, Vice President Liberty Bank and Trust Company (Assistant Treasurer)


         BGR is a private, nonprofit, independent research organization. Since its founding in 1932, it has been dedicated to informed public policy-making and the effective use of public resources in the Greater New Orleans area. 

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