Leslie Ellison
OPSB School Board Candidate Leslie Ellison

NEW ORLEANS – Education advocate and business owner Leslie Ellison will pursue the Orleans Parish School Board’s District 4 seat. In announcing her candidacy, Ms. Ellison said the community members of District 4, which covers a significant part of Algiers, continue to ask for a community voice at the helm.

Ms. Ellison said: “In the days and months ahead, we have the very honorable task of reclaiming the focus and ultimate purpose of education in New Orleans.This type of bold transformation will start with a leader who has a heart for children and a love for the community. Therefore, it is with great excitement and momentum that I pursue the Orleans Parish School Board’s District 4 seat. As a graduate of Orleans Parish public schools and a lifelong resident of Algiers, I am involved with the community and education at various levels.I understand the needs of parents and students, know the condition of our schools and hear the community’s cry for breakthrough leadership.I believe I am the one candidate from District 4 who will bring a new vision, true leadership and passion to the Orleans Parish School Board.”

Ellison has more than 20 years of direct involvement in governmental affairs.  Her experience includes education policy and advocacy as well as community engagement work locally, nationally and internationally.

Ellison is Founder & CEO of The Ellison Group-an education consulting firm that builds strategies and drives influence among education leaders, parents and stakeholders.  She has a breadth of leadership experience as an administrator at Gideon Christian Fellowship International, a former Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs under a previous mayoral administration for the City of New Orleans, and a former administrator for First NBC Bank.

Ms. Ellison is President of the Oliver Perry Walker Alumni Association; an advisory board member for Delgado Community College – West Bank; president of the Tunisburg Square Homeowners Neighborhood Civic Association; executive board member for the Algiers Economic Development Foundation (AEDF) and chair of AEDF’s Education Committee.  She also serves on the board of directors for New Orleans Neighborhoods Partnership Network.

Courtesy:Vincent Sylvain



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