Committee for a Better New Orleans


Citizen Participation Program

A CPP links residents, neighborhoods, businesses and government together in a structure that facilitates communication, enables citizen input and increases government effectiveness. CBNO has engaged thousands of New Orleanians for this Charter-mandated program.


Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum

The BBMLF identifies emerging community leaders from all sectors of the community, gives them expert inside information about key metropolitan issues, provides exceptional networking opportunities, and stimulates their interest and involvement in community service.


Collaboration for Community Engagement

CBNO is a co-founder and member of coalitions such as the Orleans Parish Education Network (OPEN), the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG), and other vital partnerships that inform and engage community members in collaborative problem-solving.

Aug 19 6:30 pm: CBNO/MAC 50th Anniversary Gala

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CBNO is a multi-racial, multi-generational community organization, a catalyst and convener, working to create equity and opportunity for all New Orleanians by developing community leaders, fostering civic engagement, and advocating for open, effective, accountable government. CBNO will accomplish its mission by providing and maintaining an advocacy role that encourages the kinds of partnership, collaboration and candid conversation that reflect the interests of all the residents of New Orleans.

CBNO celebrates 50 years of community-building in 2016.  See our events page for more details; ticket, table and sponsor information for our Anniversary Gala on August 19 can be found at Eventbrite.

Our newest innovations in civic engagement are designed to inform community members about the New Orleans city budget and provide meaningful input into the budget process.  Check out the Big Easy Budget Breakdown and the Big Easy Budget Game, where you can play mayor for a day and create your own version of the city budget!

The Residents Guide to City Services, our latest publication and a tremendous resource for accessing city programs and services, can be downloaded from here.

In addition to what you can find here on our website, more information about CBNO is available in our series of one-page fact sheets:  Overview, Civic Engagement, Advocacy, Leadership Forum, and Sponsors.  And the variety of community services we offer can be reviewed by clicking the “Services” button on the menu at the top of this page.

Our goal is nothing less than to help New Orleans return to its rightful place among the great cities of the world.

CBNO/MAC Foundation