LaToya Cantrell, Councilmember, City of New Orleans – “Disaster Recovery in the Broadmoor, New Orleans Neighborhood following Hurricane Katrina”
LaToya Cantrell, Councilmember for District B in New Orleans, will discuss her work to save the Broadmoor neighborhood, which was proposed to be converted to open space following Hurricane Katrina. This grassroots community effort required locating those residents who left as part of the post-Katrina diaspora, developing a disaster recovery plan and coordinating with a range of stakeholders to include the eventual development of the Broadmoor Improvement Association. Today, Broadmoor is a vibrant community and one regularly cited as one that effectively embraced the concepts of community engagement and planning to aid in recovery.
Cantrell led the citizens’ fight to save their flooded neighborhood following Hurricane Katrina. Today, the process undertaken in Broadmoor is widely recognized as a model for community engagement and post-disaster recovery. She has also been nationally recognized in her post-Katrina recovery efforts as a Restore America Hero by the National Trust of Historic Preservation, Young Leadership Council Role Model 2007, New Orleans Magazine People to Watch 2006 and Gambit Weekly’s 40 Under 40. LaToya is currently the president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association and the Broadmoor Charter School Board. LaToya also co-chaired the Neighborhood Development Task Force for Transition New Orleans 2010.
Read her bio on the City of New Orleans website.