Our Team


Nellie Catzen

Executive Director

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Nellie Catzen is a convener, connector, and capacity builder. She is the Executive Director of the Committee for a Better New Orleans, a nonprofit organization that puts community voice at the center of local government decision making. From boardrooms to crawfish boils, Nellie seeks to create meaningful relationships to drive social change. Bringing in twelve years of experience in community empowerment, program development, nonprofit leadership, Nellie leads CBNO’s strategic direction, advocacy initiatives and programming.  Nellie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She’s at her best when dancing to live music on the streets of New Orleans.

Board of Directors


  1.  Scott Branta, The Domain Companies
  2. Roland Bullard, Dillard University
  3. Anthony Carter (Treasurer), Downtown Development District
  4. Lukasz Chodyla (Co-Chair), People’s Health
  5. Anthony Feret, Entergy Services
  6. Kelsey Foster, Algiers Economic Development Corporation
  7. Mamie Gasperecz, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust
  8. Julie Grantz, Ochsner Medical Systems
  9. Tim Hemphill, LSU Health Foundation
  10. Robin Jones (Secretary), New Orleans City Planning Commission
  11. C.C. Kahr, Pro Bono Project
  12. Mithun Kamath, Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office
  13. Dawn Domengeaux Lapeyrolerie, Office of Councilmember Donna Glapion
  14. Malaika Moran, SOCIALSTEP
  15. Dr. Patrice Sentino, Center for Hope Children and Family Services
  16. Conrad “Duke” Williams, Choupique Holdings