Mayor Cantrell Bio

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LaToya Cantrell’s life has always been steeped in community service. As a little girl her grandmother would bring her to neighborhood meetings, and by the age of 13, she was serving as secretary for her local chamber of commerce.

“My soul found it’s home in New Orleans,” is how she describes her arrival here in 1990 as a student at Xavier University. After graduation, she and her husband Jason bought a home in the Broadmoor neighborhood, and LaToya became an active member of her new community.

As the President of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, LaToya led the neighborhood’s redevelopment following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. Flooding decimated Broadmoor, but through citizen engagement and LaToya’s leadership, Broadmoor is now considered an international model for disaster recovery.  

Elected to the City Council in 2012, LaToya has prioritized improving people’s lives

A few of her Council achievements include:

●      Working with developers on numerous large scale projects that have created new housing, retail, hospitality and commercial spaces throughout the city and have produced thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of permanent jobs;

●      Spearheading the “Smoke-Free” ordinance, which protects those in the service industry and musicians from secondhand smoke;

●      Collaborating with developers to produce affordable rental units

●      Passing the “Welcoming Cities” resolution, which aids our historically marginalized residents; and

●      Regularly meeting with and assisted many of the city’s growing population of entrepreneurs as they worked to start new businesses, including Urban South Brewery, Rouler and others.

On May 7, 2018 LaToya Cantrell was sworn in as the Mayor of New Orleans, and is serving as the first female mayor just in time to celebrate the city’s 300th anniversary.

She is a dedicated wife to her husband, Jason, and proud mother of 10-year old daughter, RayAnn, and is a parishioner at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.

 As Mayor, LaToya pledges to produce results that will create a more equitable, safer and better New Orleans for all residents.