Gia M Hamilton
executive director & Chief curator
Gia M. Hamilton is an applied anthropologist who employs Social Magic™ methodology to investigate land, labor and cultural production while examining social connectivity within institutions and community. As a model builder, Hamilton co-founded an independent African centered school, Little Maroons in 2006; later, she opened a creative incubator space- Gris Gris Lab in 2009 and designed and led the Joan Mitchell Center artist residency program in New Orleans as a consultant from 2011- 2013 and director from 2013-2018.
As the Center Director, Hamilton led the development of the two acre campus capital project using a workforce development project HyperLocal and designed the program as a place based, community centered laboratory for visual artists, curators and the creative community with the belief that imagination and creativity are paramount to creating a more equitable and socially just society. Currently, Gia is the architect of her latest projects: Afrofuture Society and Dark Matter Projects. In 2019 she became the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the New Orleans African American Museum.
Hamilton received her bachelors in cultural anthropology from New York University and masters in applied anthropology from City University of New York’s Graduate Center. She is on the board of Tulane University Newcomb Museum, Alliance for Artist Communities and New Orleans Video Access Center and most recently Museum Hue. Hamilton recently received the 2018 Next City Vanguard fellowship and was nominated for the 2018 City Business Woman of Year award. Gia currently lives in New Orleans with her four sons and just completed an ethnographic memoir entitled Modern Matriarch.
Her current innovation, musings and practice can be explored by visiting her website www.giahamiltonstudio.com
Board of Directors
Julius E. Kimbrough, Jr.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ronald Carrere, Beverly Matheney, Lynne Burkart, Edgar Chase, IV, Jackie Sullivan, Bambi Hall, Dawn Taylor, Adele London, Gail Glapion, Phillipa Bowers, Angela O'Byrne
Michael G. Griffin is leading innovation in health care locally by improving patient outcomes and the patient experience. As duel President and CEO of Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO) and President and CEO of Marillac Community Health Centers—Griffin runs a non-profit health care organization that has a 180 year history of service to the greater New Orleans region and is a member of Ascension Health, the largest non-profit health system in the United States, as well as Louisiana’s largest federally qualified health center. Griffin’s foremost priority is to provide access to compassionate, high-quality primary and preventive health care services to all residents of greater New Orleans, regardless of their ability to pay.
Since his appointment in 2008, Griffin has provided strategic direction for the non-profit health care organization, expanding patient care from one to ten health centers, eight school based sites, and four mobile medical and dental units in communities of high need serving over 50,000 residents in the New Orleans Metropolitan area. Under Griffin’s visionary leadership, DCSNO has achieved the highest level designation for quality standards of direct patient care by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) each year since 2009. The health care organization was also named one of United Healthcare’s Centers of Excellence, garnering a $9.8 million award for the provision of the highest quality coordination of care and preventive services. In addition, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recognized DCSNO as an “exemplary model of workforce” as part of the Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) project; DCSNO was one of 30 primary health care practices selected nationwide.
Over his career Griffin has become an expert and leading voice in the field of patient centered care and quality, as well as envisioning health care design and excellence into the future. Griffin served as the board chair of the local coalition of safety-net providers and testified to the US Congress, Energy and Commerce committee to receive over $200 million for health care recovery after Hurricane Katrina. He has served on the health care transition teams for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, and New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu. He has addressed numerous national conferences and seminars to include the keynote address at the 2018 Open Minds Strategy and Innovation Institute in New Orleans, La. Griffin has also spoken at the Academy Health Annual Research meeting in 2017, the American Journal of Managed Care Conference on ACOs in April 2017, and facilitated the first Ascension Health National Conference on Diversity and Inclusion in 2016. Griffin also serves on the national advisory board for United Health Care, and is a frequent lecturer an advisor for several Colleges and Universities.
Prior to DCSNO, Griffin held top executive positions in the health care industry. As administrator of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Health Promotion in Birmingham, Alabama Griffin worked closely with University faculty, as well as federal project officers and staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to generate and manage more than $15 million in federal research grants. At the Coordinated Health System of Jefferson County, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama Griffin served as Executive Director, overseeing the implementation of a public/private sector collaborative health delivery system for more than 100,000 Jefferson County uninsured residents; while there he acquired a $2 million award for coordinating uninsured care. Griffin has also served as operations manager at Seton Healthcare Network of Hospitals in Austin, Texas; administrative fellow at Daughters of Charity-East Central Region/St. Mary’s Health System in Evansville, Indiana; and administrative resident at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a United States Army veteran and is proud to have served our country with a tour in Iraq during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Griffin serves as a trustee on several non-profit boards, including 504 Health Net where he was board chair, the Louisiana Primary Care Association, Urban League of Louisiana, Health Care Journal of New Orleans editorial Board, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO), the Daughters of Charity Foundation, and the Marillac Community Health Centers Board of Directors. In 2000 Griffin revitalized the Dillard University Birmingham Alumni Chapter and served as chapter president for 4 years. In 2003 he was elected Dillard University National Alumni President where he served until 2007. From 2003- 2007, Griffin served as a Dillard University Board of Trustee member where he was a member of the Development, Building and Grounds, and Student Liaison committees.
Griffin has a history of service to both the community and student’s in the field of Public Health. He has been a member of the Meharry Medical College Alumni Board of Management, and on the National Advisory Board for the Meharry Public Health Master’s Program. He currently works with Dillard University as chairman of the Public Health Advisory committee, and a committee member of the Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame committee. He has advised hundreds of students on both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has mentored numerous health care professional during their career.
Griffin was selected as the “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) in 2010, a “Health Care Hero” in 2010 by New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine, an “Up and Comer” by Modern Healthcare Magazine in September 2011, and in 2012 was one of five semi-finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Young Leaders Award. He was also a fellow in the inaugural class of the Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A few of Griffin’s national and local advocacy efforts include appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington D.C. to offer testimony on Restoring Health Care in the New Orleans Region Post-Katrina, and speaking alongside former United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin to highlight primary care as one of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in 2011. Most recently, Griffin appeared with former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and other local and state leaders in a press conference touting local efforts to enroll consumers in affordable health coverage under the Affordable Care Act prior to the March 31, 2014 enrollment deadline. In March of 2017 Griffin had the honor of hosting US House of Representatives Leader Nancy Pelosi at his facilities in New Orleans, commemorating the seventh anniversary of the launch of the Affordable Care Act.
Griffin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and holds a Master of Science-Public Health degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Our Lady of Holy Cross University in 2014. Griffin is currently a Candidate for a Doctor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Griffin is married to Tracie Haydel Griffin, and the couple has five beautiful children: Michael II, Amelia-Grai, Victoria, Olivia and Sophia.
Julius E. Kimbrough, Jr.
Crescent City Community Land Trust (CCCLT) Executive Director Julius E. Kimbrough, Jr. is a native New Orleanian who has worked in community development and finance for many years, both locally and in cities across the United States. Before joining CCCLT, Julius led the community development unit of Liberty Bank and Trust Company wherein he helped provide financing to many low-to-moderate income families and to many businesses and agencies that both employ and provide services to low-to-moderate income individuals. He has also worked as a foundation program officer, urban planner, economic research analyst and as an investment banker.
Julius graduated from Marion Abramson High School in 1989 and Hampton University in 1993 with a degree in History. In addition, he has earned master’s degrees in both Business Administration and Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Julius is also a graduate of the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, the Tulane University Early Childhood Policy Leadership Institute, the Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute and is currently participating in the Charter Board Leadership Academy.
As a volunteer, Julius has worked with Committee for a Better New Orleans and as a mentor with Boys to Men. He has served as director on the boards of the New Orleans Office of Workforce Development (Job1), Harmony Neighborhood Development and the Institute of Mental Hygiene. Currently, Julius serves on the boards of Crescent City Schools, New Orleans African American Museum, Board of Liquidation-City Debt and Industrial Development Board of New Orleans.
Julie D. Henderson
Julie D. Henderson is a lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Ursuline Academy. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University of New Orleans and a Post - Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Tulane University. Her professional career includes work as Chief Paralegal and Office Administrator for Marc H. Morial, A Professional Law Corporation, Scheduling Assistant for Louisiana State Senator Marc H. Morial and Scheduling Director for Mayor Marc H. Morial during his Mayoral tenure with the City of New Orleans from 1994 – 2002. She later served as Governmental Relations Paralegal at Adams & Reese, LLC and as Contract Manager with Computer Associates(CA) in Reston, VA. She currently serves as Executive Assistant and Chief Advocacy Officer for Daughters of Charity Health Centers for the President/CEO Michael G. Griffin. She has worked tirelessly in Governmental Relations and Advocacy for the last thirty plus years. She is a licensed life insurance agent with Primerica Insurance Services. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Board Trustee and Recording Secretary for the New Orleans African American Museum of Culture and History, and Trustee Board Member and Financial Secretary of Pleasant Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She is the mother of one adult son, Julian Joseph.
Beverly Norwood-Matheney is a Community Activist passionate about civic responsibility and philanthropy throughout her community. She has served on numerous boards each supporting the community in a unique way. She channels her love and passion for the arts through her creative and unique ideas for fund development. Beverly is a 2012 Activists of the Year, featured on the cover of St. Charles magazine, Fashionable Philanthropist Award 2009, Outstanding Service and Leadership Young Audiences of Louisiana and 2009 Prix D’Elegance Award to mention a few.
Past and President Organizations: Founding member of the Circle of Red, American Heart Association; Young Audiences of Louisiana, board member and former President; Young Audiences Kate Middleton Charter School, board member; Developer of Dancing for the Arts Fundraiser for YALA in its 8th year; Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans, Vice President present; New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation, board member; Urban League of Greater New Orleans, former boarder member; Urban League Guild of Greater New Orleans, former Guild President; Arts Council of New Orleans, former board member; Crescent City Chapter of Links, Inc.
Bambi Hall is marketing and communications professional with over 25 years of experience. She is responsible for implementing strategy and business development for Gulf Engineers and Consultants, Inc. – a construction engineering firm providing professional planning and implementation of projects for private and public clients across the United States and overseas.
Her role allows her to interact with a variety of municipal leaders and communities, industry partners and other key stakeholders, and leverage and enlarge GEC’s footprint to build industry teaming and revenue opportunities.
She joined GEC after eight years as a public information officer with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, where she was a Star of Excellence Award recipient, overseeing the development and implementation of public relations programs and plans for crisis situations, for both ongoing and new projects, in Districts 02 and 62 – a 13 parish area – as well as the former Crescent City Connection Division. In 2014, she was certified as a Master Public Information Officer.
During her 16 years in New Orleans, the Houston native has held positions with the City of New Orleans, and Dillard and Xavier Universities, in addition to running successful media relations companies specializing in crisis management, media/public relations, communications training, customer service training, event coordination, marketing and political campaigns. With a diverse clientele, she has provided her expertise in the areas of government, politics, transportation, food and beverage, construction, education, housing, auto sales and non-profits.
Bambi began her career in athletics and is currently in her fifteenth season as a game day media relations assistant with the World Champion New Orleans Saints, and previously worked for New Orleans Hornets as a game day assistant. She has worked with numerous sporting events including the NFL Super Bowl (Host Committee), NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four, Allstate Sugar Bowl, and R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
Active in the community, Bambi also serves as a board member for Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and Blessed 26, a non-profit that serves to mentor young people in the Greater New Orleans area to help them toward becoming high-functioning, successful community members. She is a founding member and former board member for the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale – the only predominately African American and female Mardi Gras krewe in Orleans Parish, and she also helped found and establish the Society for Progressive Women, which advocates for inclusion and equity for women in business, government and politics.
Committed to serving the Crescent City and surrounding area, she completed the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute in 2014, Institute of Politics at Loyola University in 2013, and is a 2012 graduate of the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum. Recently, she was selected to participate in the Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice sponsored by Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. She is also active on committees for the American Cancer Society’s Belles and Beaus Gala, and Audubon Scales and Ales.
Bambi graduated in May 2019 with a master’s in legal studies and a certification in business law from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a concentration in broadcast news from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. In 2016, she was named TSU Alumnus of the Year for the New Orleans Alumni Chapter.
Her numerous affiliations include memberships in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Junior League of New Orleans, Public Relations Society of America, and Society for Marketing Professionals. Outside of professional interests, Bambi likes to attend a variety of live music and sporting events, and enjoys creative writing, traveling, cooking, and collecting contemporary artworks. She is a member of The City of Love Church in New Orleans.
Edgar Chase, IV
Phillipa L. Bowers is a seasoned attorney with over 20 years experience representing public and private clients in matters related to general business and contract law, government procurement, strategic partnerships, regulatory compliance, ethics, and government relations. Ms. Bowers has drafted, monitored, and advocated for and against legislation at the state and local levels of government. She is well versed in minority business utilization laws and programs, and has as strong mix of technology, operations and client-facing experience.
Prior or to joining the Davillier Law Group, LLC as Special Counsel, Ms. Bowers served as a Managing Partner and shareholder of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP. Linebarger Goggan is a national law firm solely dedicated to the collection of delinquent government receivables.
As a voting member of the firm’s Management Committee, Ms. Bowers was charged with the shared responsibility of managing its business and legal affairs. As Managing Partner, she had direct oversight over business development and operations in Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and Michigan. She handled all levels of the procurement process including proposal writing, bid protests, contract negotiation and administration. Ms. Bowers’ responsibilities included program implementation and project management as well.
Ms. Bowers was also a transactional attorney and in house legal counsel for the City of New Orleans as an Assistant City Attorney. Her areas of concentration included ad valorem taxation, code enforcement, public-private partnerships, affordable housing, community development, and public utility matters.
Following Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Bowers relocated to the Washington, DC Metro area. She now resides in New Orleans where she was born and raised. Ms. Bowers received a B.A. from Howard University in 1990, and J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1993. Ms. Bowers is admitted to practice law in Louisiana, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
President of international design-build-develop firm Perez, A Professional Corporation, Angela O’Byrne is a passionate advocate for women and minorities in design, construction, and real estate development. Born in Cali, Colombia, Angela came to the United States at the age of five, later becoming a US citizen. She earned a Master of Architecture from Tulane University and an MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, and has since become a licensed architect in 20 states, a licensed general contractor in 3 states, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
The firm was founded in 1940 by August Perez Jr. In 1978, he turned the firm over to his son August Perez III. In 1998, the son of the founder hired Angela O’Byrne to be his Operations Manager. By 2000, all of the owners of the firm had died or retired, and the remaining living owners selected Angela to be their successor. In 2000, she became the sole Owner, President, and CEO of the firm. Under Angela’s visionary leadership, Perez continues to be headquartered in New Orleans, and she has grown it into a firm with a dozen domestic and international branch offices. Originally, the firm provided Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and interior Design services. Since 2005, due to Hurricane Katrina and it’s aftermath, Angela vertically integrated the firm, adding Construction and Real Estate Development to the firm’s service offerings. Her firm’s projects include recent work in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Haiti, El Salvador, Germany, and West Africa—projects now may be design only, construction only, real estate development only, or a combination of the 3.
Angela has been on the Board of Directors of numerous nonprofit organizations dedicated to a variety of missions, including AIA NO, AIA LA, City-Works, CREW NO, CREW Network, Newcorp, Tulane Univ. School of Architecture, Columbia Univ. Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation (GSAPP), NO Chamber of Commerce, and many others. Over the years, she has won many awards for her work and community service. Some of her more recent awards include:
2018 AIA Louisiana Honor Award for Excellence in Sustainability for design of Patrick Taylor Science & Technology Academy
2016 US Dept of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year
2016 US SBA’s National Small Business Person of the Year 1st runner up,
2016 US SBA’s Louisiana Small Business Person of the Year,
2016 Louisiana Economic Development’s Small Business Person of the Year,
2016 New Orleans’ Young Leadership Council’s (YLC) Role Model, and
2015 NYC Women’s Builders Council (WBC) Outstanding Women.
An avid reader, golfer, music-lover, and globe-trotter, Angela relishes spending free time with her three grown children, and large extended family.