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LaToya Cantrell: Councilmember District "B"

LaToya Cantrell Biography

"I believe that by focusing on the people of New Orleans, listening to them and respecting their dreams for their families and their neighborhoods, we can become a strong, great and vibrant city."

Prior to her election as District "B" Councilmember in December 2012 and re-election without opposition in February 2014, LaToya Cantrell was a nonprofit management executive for over 10 years, gaining valuable experience in education reform, strategic planning, neighborhood revitalization, financial management, economic development and grass roots organizing. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Cantrell led the citizens' fight to save Broadmoor, which stands today as a national and global model in post-disaster recovery.

As a community leader and elected official, Cantrell is committed to always lending an ear to neighborhood concerns. In 2015, Cantrell championed an ordinance to prohibit smoking in bars, casinos, and most public spaces throughout the City of New Orleans. One of her more recent accomplishments is the Welcoming Cities resolution, which lists action steps for the city to take in order to become more inclusive of all diversities. One of Cantrell's priorities for the city pertains to housing affordability and equity in New Orleans, as rent and homeownership costs have dramatically increased for all demographics over the years. She currently chairs the New Orleans City Council's Committee on Community Development. Cantrell is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, earning a BA degree in Sociology and completed executive management training at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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Ryan West of the American Cancer Society, Tonia Moore of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Living, and Deacon John, President of New Orleans Musician's Union, receive a proclamation from Councilmember Cantrell in recognition of their efforts to promote tobacco-free living.

Councilmember Cantrell at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center Obamacare News Conference


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