Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer is a leading advocate for the revitalization of New Orleans by investing in all of our culturally diverse neighborhoods. As the former Executive Director of Rebuilding Together New Orleans, she has assisted numerous elderly, disabled, and low-income residents return to their homes post-Katrina. After accumulating over twenty years' experience as a non-profit administrator, she was elected to represent New Orleans City Council District "C".
Her top initiatives include regionalism within the transportation sector, expansion of streetcar lines, and increasing the number of bike paths throughout the City. She is a strong advocate for improving the quality of life of all of our residents and has been a champion for blight reduction and economic development. She has been selected to participate in prestigious fellowship programs including the inaugural Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council as an Advisory Board member, the Aspen Institute's Rodel Fellowship Program, the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI), and the national network of NewDEAL Leaders. She received the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award in 2009 and was recognized with a City Business Women of the Year Award in 2007. In 2013, she was elected to serve as the first chairperson of the Louisiana Intrastate Rail Compact and was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for Good Government.
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