After the Hurricanes: Reflections on Philanthropic Capital at Work with discussants Lorna Bourg, Kathy Laborde, Evelyn Brown, and moderator Darren Walker. Ben Johnson delivers the welcoming remarks.
Lorna Bourg is the President, Executive Director, and Co-founder of SMHA. She has 40 Years of experience organizing in LA rural communities.
Evelyn Brown is the Senior Vice President of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
Gregory Ben Johnson
Gregory Ben Johnson has served as President and CEO of The Greater New Orleans Foundation since 1991. Currently, he is chairman of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute. He serves on the national board of the Council on Foundation?s Community Foundation Board, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Junior League Advisory Board, The New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Committee of the Council for a Better Louisiana. He has a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
Kathy Laborde is the President of Gulf Coast Housing Partnership.
Kathy Laborde joined the staff of the Network in January 2006 to createthe Gulf Coast Housing Partnership (GCHP), which is operated by the Housing Partnership Network.
Over the past ten years, while serving as developer, project manager,and consultant, Ms. Laborde has developed more than two thousand affordable and market-rate homes both directly and in partnership with local nonprofits, city and state government, and the private sector. Prior to joining the Network, Ms. Laborde operated Kaliope, LLC, a real estate development and consulting company which she established in 1999. Previously, she was founder and executive director of the first bank-owned community development corporation in Louisiana. Before settling in Louisiana, Ms. Laborde held a variety of management positions with private sector real estate developers in Missouri and North Carolina.
Ms. Laborde holds a BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and an MBA from Tulane University. She is a 2006 recipient of City Business' Women of the Year Award and prior recipient of the YWCA's Role Model Award. She serves as a board member of the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants Association and the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative. She is currently serving as the chairman of the Parkway Partners Board of Directors.
Kate Starr is an Investment Officer at the FB Heron Foundation, and chair of the PRI Conference 2008.
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, the second largest philanthropy in the United States with over $11 billion in assets and $500 million in annual giving. The foundation is based in the United States and operates worldwide, with ten offices in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South America.