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Jay H. Banks: Councilmember District "B"

Jay H. BanksBiography

Jay H. Banks was elected to the "District B' City Council seat on Nov. 18, 2017. He is a native New Orleanian and a lifetime District B resident.

Banks is a proud product of the Orleans Parish Public School System having graduated from Henry W. Allen Elementary School and McMain Magnet Secondary School. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Dillard University in Business Administration and his Master's Degree in Organizational Management from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of the Democratic National Committee Training Institute and the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute.

His community involvement is and has been extensive. He is a former Board Member of New Orleans Public Facilities Management, Inc., a former Commissioner of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority, a member of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Board and a former member of the WWOZ Radio Board of Directors. He is a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was publicly elected and is currently serving as the District 91 Representative to the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee, a member of the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee and is former Co-Chair of the Louisiana Democratic 2nd Congressional District Executive Committee. He was the Chief of Staff for two former New Orleans City Council Presidents, the late Dorothy Mae Taylor, and his mentor, James "Jim" Singleton. He is also a former Board Member of the Dryades YMCA, Cox Cable Minority Advisory Committee, Neighborhood Housing Services, Louisiana Hurricane Katrina Memorial Commission and the City of New Orleans Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

Banks is a lifelong member of the New Zion Baptist Church. He is an active Shriner in Platta Temple #15 and an active Prince Hall Mason in Acacia Lodge #248. He is a Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Banks was most recently Director of the Dryades YMCA School of Commerce and is a commissioned Notary Public.

In his private time, Banks is an avid reader, gardener, cook, fantasy football fanatic and card player.

His personal philosophy is that "God gave us all very unique talents. Use whatever your talents are to try to help somebody."


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