Executive Director of HousingNOLA Named "Icon of New Orleans" by JPMorgan Chase

NEW ORLEANS – In celebration of New Orleans' historic tricentennial, JPMorgan Chase has partnered with NOLA Media Group to celebrate key individuals that have made New Orleans what it is today. As part of its 300 for 300 campaign, the group recently named HousingNOLA executive director Andreanecia Morris one of 12 "Icons of New Orleans." Morris was selected for her critical work to promote safe, equitable and affordable housing throughout the entire City of New Orleans. The announcement was made in a press release.

In her current role, Morris actively helps move forward policies and programs that not only benefit the community but encourages residents to be active citizens in the process. As executive director of HousingNOLA and president/chairwoman of the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), she's had tremendous success spurring crucial state and local policy change in favor of low-priced housing, fair lending practices, transit-oriented development and other vital areas. As a result of her work, she has been recognized by Gambit as 2017 New Orleanian of the Year, named to the 2014 CityBusiness Woman of the Year Class, awarded Outstanding Advocate for Affordable Housing in 2016 by UNITY of Greater New Orleans, and was most recently selected to represent Louisiana on the Federal Reserve Board. 

"Imagine how much more special this city will be when we solve its problem with inequitable housing," said Morris. "We'll be a beacon for the rest of a country that's struggling with this problem – and we're closer to solving this than anybody else. I'm incredibly proud of that."

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Morris joins an impressive group of New Orleanians selected by JPMorgan Chase including Coastal Communities Consulting executive director Sandy Nguyen; New Orleans Business Alliance director of strategic neighborhood development Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes; president and CEO of Gulf Coast Housing Partnership Kathy Laborde; owner and operator of Arnaud's Jane Casbarian; Team Gleason founder and artist Michel Varisco Gleason; NOLA Media Group CEO Tim Williamson; chairman of Sazerac Company Bill Goldring; ReNEW Accelerated High School dean's list graduate Quinndale Ridgeway; former First National Bank of Commerce CEO Ian Arnof; CEO and president of Foundation for Louisiana Flozell Daniels, Jr.; and CEO of Edison Chouest Offshore Gary Chouest. 

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