Our Team

Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” - James Baldwin

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Stephanie Bridges, Esq.


Stephanie Bridges is President of The New Orleans Council for Community and Justice. A former Assistant City Attorney in the Law Department of City of New Orleans, Ms. Bridges received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of New Orleans, College of Law.  Her professional memberships include the Louisiana Bar Association and the National Association of Women Attorneys.  She has also participated in numerous civic endeavors including serving as a former board member of the Algiers Charter School Association (ACSA), the Common Ground Health Clinic in New Orleans, and as President, LACAG, Lower Algiers Community Action Group.  She has been a zealous advocate for youth justice for over 30 years in the Greater New Orleans community.

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Vionne M. Douglas, Esq.

Director of Development

Vionne is a skilled attorney, focusing her practice in workers’ compensation, immigration, personal injury and civil litigation.  She has the experience and knowledge to understand and navigate complex civil litigation, including matters arising out of work injuries, toxic exposures, automobile and trucking collisions, premises liability accidents and medical malpractice actions. Her experience extends to successions and domestic matters, including divorces and custody disputes. Vionne uses her comprehensive knowledge and experience to provide aggressive representation and sound legal advice for her clients and the community.

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Elaine Gross

Administrative Support

Longtime volunteer and community organizer with NOCCJ. 

"No one is responsible for the color of their skin. You are only responsible for the person you turn out to be."


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Jordan Michael

Programs Coordinator

An artist, advocate, and social innovator, Jordan Michael Bridges is an experienced professional that is passionate about the youth and addressing the social challenges of today. He is the Programs Coordinator at the New Orleans Council for Community & Justice, a human relations organization dedicated to promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.


Rob vernier

Media associate

Freelancer in the New Orleans film and media industry. 

"If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face likes sunbeams and you will always look lovely."