Mayor Landrieu, City Councilmembers Announce New NORD Commission Appointees

NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans City Councilmembers and other city officials announced the five community leaders the Mayor nominated to serve on the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), which provides governance over the recreation functions of the City. In 2010, voters approved a City Charter change to reform the New Orleans Recreation Department through the creation of NORDC, which is comprised of a total of 13 members who are nominated by the Mayor and subject to the approval of the City Council.

         “I thank the nominees for their willingness to support NORDC,” said Mayor Landrieu. “These individuals have already demonstrated strong leadership in our community. Their knowledge and experience will be a valuable asset, and I’m confident they will to continue our mission of developing NORDC into an organization to be proud of. It’s what our City deserves.”

         The nominees announced Wednesday were chosen to represent each of the five City Council Districts and possess expertise or experience in subject areas such as arts or culture; sports; accounting or finance; business; law; or already participate in NORDC activities.

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         The NORDC nominee chosen to represent City Council District B is Bivian “Sonny” Lee, Founder of Son of a Saint. The District C nominee is Theodore Sanders III, CEO of Louisiana Asset Management Pool. The District D nominee is Byron C. Williams, Criminal District Court Judge. The District E nominee is Brian Egana, President and CEO of Circular Consulting. Mayor Landrieu is also seeking to reappoint the commissioner currently serving as the District A representative and vice-chairperson of NORDC, local attorney Corinne "Rini" Marcus.

         Council President Jason Williams said, “I enthusiastically support the new slate of appointees to the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission (NORDC). These civic leaders are diverse and dedicated citizens who will work tirelessly to improve our recreation department. Through them, NORDC will be under strong leadership and guided into a new era of improved services for our youth and all citizens of New Orleans.”

          “Judge Byron C. Williams will make a great District D representative to NORDC,” said District D Councilmember Jared Brossett. “He has been a leader and positive force in the community and will serve the children of New Orleans with the utmost dedication.”

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         Additionally, the incoming NORD Foundation Chairman, Louis Lauricella, founder of Lauricella & Associates, will replace current commissioner and NORD Foundation chair John Sibal, President and CEO of Eustis Commercial Mortgage Corporation.

         The outgoing commissioners whose term will end on December 31, 2015, include: District C representative and NORDC chairperson Roy A. Glapion, Vice-president for the Beta Group GC; District B representative Kira Orange-Jones, BESE Representative and Executive Director of Teach for America; District D representative Adria Kimbrough, Kullman Law Firm; and District E representative and NORDC Treasurer, Michael Darnell, local attorney.

         The individuals who will continue to serve on the Commission include: Andy Kopplin, First Deputy Mayor and CAO; Ava Rogers, Deputy CAO of Operations; James Gray, City Council Representative; Kelly Brown, City Planning Commission Chairman; Nolan Marshall, Jr., Orleans Parish School Board Chairman; and Dana Peterson, Recovery School District Superintendent.

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         The primary goals of NORDC include creating a sustainable, permanent governance structure; providing governance that includes key stakeholders from the private sector, schools and city government; and creating a structure to allow the recreation department to leverage city resources with private funds, grants and other funding opportunities.

         In 2013, the City contracted the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to outline a 5-year plan for the recreation commission, which included developing organizational capabilities; expanding program offerings and facilities; and achieving accreditation with the National Recreation & Park Association. According to a recent report by BCG, NORDC is on track to achieve all of the goals set forth in the 5-year plan by the end of 2017.

         Under Mayor Landrieu’s administration, more than $157 million has been committed to new and improved recreation facilities; the recreation department’s budget has tripled; programming for youth, teens and seniors has increased; and new policies and training have been adopted in an effort to create an organizational culture of excellence.




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