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Staff

Anne Rolfes

Director

Anne began her career in Nigeria, collaborating with local communities to address oil companies’ destruction of the Niger Delta. She returned to Louisiana in 2000 and collaborated with women along Cancer Alley to found the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. Anne was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana where many people made their fortunes from the oil industry. She has seen the wealth and the poverty created by oil production and seeks a phase out of fossil fuels in her lifetime. She has a Masters in International Development from Tulane and has twice testified before Congress. Her work has been recognized by local and national awards, including the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy and the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award.

Hope LeBlanc

Accountant

Hope has 20 years of service in the non-profit community as a Program Manager. Her experience has been primarily with grants and financial management of small nonprofits, as well as assisting small businesses to establish and maintain their financial records system. Hope manages the books and works with our community partners to develop their capacity for financial management. She enjoys working behind the scenes in order to ensure that the vision and purpose of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade is fulfilled. She has been with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade since 2008.

Kate McIntosh

Program Coordinator

Kate, a Michigan native, spent many years travelling and volunteering with environmental justice nonprofits in Latin America before moving to Louisiana four years ago. Throughout her studies at the University of New Orleans, she began to realize how our state is at the crux of nearly every environmental issue, from petrochemical pollution and environmental racism to climate change. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Environmental Studies, she began working full-time for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. Kate is honored to be working on the ground and collaborating with communities who are leading the fight for a just world that benefits everyone.

Lenora Gobert

Economic Development Advisor

Lenora Gobert advises start-ups and non-profits on how to implement a revenue generating business that supports their social cause. She provides organizational development assistance to our partner community groups (helps with budgeting and programming) and also works in our economic diversification program.

Lenora has a strong sense of utilizing her education, expertise and skills to work with organizations championing social causes to develop sustainable business models that generate revenues supporting those causes. She is a veteran at investigating and developing viable business ideas. She brings together her expertise in advertising and marketing for Fortune 500 and smaller companies with her experience as a small business owner and her work with non-profits to provide intensive market evaluation and critical thinking to flesh out new ideas and determine their viability as socially relevant businesses.

Lenora holds degrees in Anthropology (BA) and Marketing (MBA) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Susan Sakash

Grantwriter

Susan (she/her/hers) writes grants for our community partners and for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. She joins the organization with over 15 years of experience raising funds for transformational community organizations in sectors as varied as urban agriculture, arts and culture, racial justice, and youth development. A New Orleans resident since 2013, she is a founding member of Cooperation New Orleans, a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to developing a more just and cooperative economy; a member of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee; and part-time operations manager with Schmelly’s Dirt Farm, a local compost collection and delivery company. Playing brass music, getting her hands in the dirt, and learning to be an anti-racist parent round out Susan’s daily practices.

Key Consultants

Pastor Harry Joseph

Technical Assistance

Pastor Joseph leads our Down by the River bike rides, and assists with air monitoring and our economic diversification projects. He lives in St. James Parish where he has worked tirelessly over the years to reduce pollution, prevent industry expansion and protect his community.

 

 

 

 

Justin Kray

Cartographer

Justin Kray is a cartographer and open data advocate, committed to challenging bad decisions in government and building a more equitable and inclusive world. Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans while Justin was working towards a Masters Degree in urban planning at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY – and the city’s recovery became the subject of Justin’s passionate interest in community development. Work was hard to find, so he returned to NYC to join the Pratt Center to lead their data and map based (GIS) advocacy efforts around affordable housing. Justin eventually found his way back to New Orleans and landed a position in Mayor Landrieu’s administration to organize the BlightStat program of public meetings, which won Harvard’s Kennedy Innovation award for civic data analytics and contributed to the City’s rapid housing recovery. Through his years of advocacy, Justin has always retained a keen interest in the power of maps to clearly tell powerful stories with data, so he is delighted to now be working with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, RISE St James, and the Center for Constitutional Rights to investigate and empower community groups in St James and neighboring parishes in Cancer Alley.

Board

Clare Giesen

Chair, Sociology Instructor at Delgado Community College

Clare Giesen is sociology instructor at Delgado Community College. She served as Executive Director of the National Women’s Political Caucus, where she was successful in significantly contributing to the increase of the number of women in federal office. As a member of the Clinton Administration, Clare held a number of positions, including White House Liaison for the Department of Energy and Special Assistant for the DOE’s utility restructuring and deployment of renewable energy technologies. At the USDA, she was Senior Advisor in the Office of Rural Utilities and successfully developed a loan program to deploy renewable energy on rural electric cooperatives. Clare’s organizing, fundraising and experience with the energy sector are vital to her role as a board member of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

Eric Parrie

Director, Special Projects, Gary Community Investments

Eric brings communications, research and management expertise to our board. He worked on the Senate campaign of Mike Johnston in Colorado and taught US History at G. W. Carver Collegiate Academy. Prior to joining the faculty at Carver in 2013, Eric worked as an Operations Manager for The New Teacher Project and as an organizer on several political campaigns in Pittsburgh and New Orleans. He served as a Research Associate for the Bucket Brigade in 2009 and taught English in Nantes, France for three years, offering courses at Lycee les Bourdonnieres and the law school of the University of Nantes. He currently serves on the boards of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Libraries without Borders. Eric holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Masters in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Nantes, and a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University.

Holly Witherington

Managing Director, DevelopWell

Holly has 15 years of experience working to grow, develop, and cultivate meaningful communities of people working to change the world. Prior to founding DevelopWell, Holly wais the Deputy Operations Director at UltraViolet, a national women’s rights group based in DC. Holly worked at MoveOn.org as a lead organizer on the field team. She managed staff and created programs that trained MoveOn members across the country as organizers, and helped them build council structures to carry out various strategies in the field. Before MoveOn, Holly was an internal organizer with the Service Employees International Union in San Francisco, CA, and Portland, OR. Holly began her organizing career in New Orleans, with the Bucket Brigade after Hurricane Katrina, and is excited to be a part of the organization again. Holly currently lives in New Orleans with her partner Dustin and a herd of animals. In her free time, you’ll find her doing yoga, spending time outdoors in her garden, and traveling as much as possible.

Lisa Flanagan

Associate Professor and Head of Communication Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, Co-Director of Xavier's Performance Studies Laboratory

Lisa Flanagan is an associate professor and head of Communication Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana and a co-director of Xavier’s Performance Studies Laboratory. She has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Texas, Austin; and also holds an M.A. in speech communication and a PhD in communication studies from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge with a concentration in performance studies. Her expertise includes the field of alternative tourism, knowledge that she has applied to Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s Down by the River Tour.

Dr. Flanagan teaches courses in Communication Studies from a performance studies and critical cultural perspective. Much of her course pedagogy focuses on Xavier’s mission to prepare future leaders to work for a more just and humane society through community engagement and social justice advocacy.