Our Team

Peggy Mendoza
Chief Executive Officer
Ava Rogers
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Jennifer Coco
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Laura Romanosky
Director of Operations

Board Officers

Jay Altman – Board Chair
CEO, Firstline Schools

Keith Crawford – Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer, Krewe Eyewear

Melissa Sawyer – Board Vice Chair
Founder and Executive Director, Youth Empowerment Project

Robert Garda- Secretary
Fanny Edith Winn Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law

Board Members

Derwyn Bunton
Chief District Defender, Orleans Public Defender

Esteban Gershanik
Physician, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Jonathan Wilson
Vice President, Mortgage, Liberty Bank

Anthony Recasner
CEO, Agenda for Children

Alison Hartman
Principal, The Hartman Group, LLC

Kunjan Narechania
Assistant State Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education – Recovery School District

Charlotte Parent
Vice President Business Development, University Medical Center New Orleans