"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.
Cantrell has committed her life to community service, serving as the President of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, Board Member of the Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans, Arts Council Committee of Greater New Orleans, Neighborhood Partnership Network, 4-H Foundation of Louisiana, Smart Growth Louisiana and the National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses. She also co-chaired the Neighborhood Development Task Force for Mayor Landrieu’s Transition New Orleans 2010.
As a Councilmember, Cantrell pledges to make constituent services a top priority, and will strive to improve the quality of life for all residents in the areas of housing, economic development, public education and accessible health care, making District B a safer and better place. She lives with her husband, Jason, and daughter, RayAnn, in District B’s Broadmoor neighborhood and is a parishioner of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.
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