Role Model

Andrew “Andy” Kopplin

President and CEO, Greater New Orleans Foundation

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Andrew “Andy” Kopplin currently serves as President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, whose mission is to create a resilient, sustainable, vibrant community in which individuals and families flourish and the special character of the New Orleans region is preserved, celebrated, and supported.

Andy previously served as First Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Orleans under Mayor Mitch Landrieu from 2010-2016. In this capacity, he oversaw the day-to- day operational functions of City Hall. Kopplin previously worked at Teach for America, where he served as Senior Advisor to the Founder & CEO.

From October 2006-January 2008, Mr. Kopplin served as Founding Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA), the agency charged with leading Louisiana’s recovery efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, where he developed the strategy and built the bipartisan coalitions that more than doubled congressional appropriations for Louisiana’s rebuilding, from $13 billion to $28 billion.

Before heading the LRA, Kopplin served as Chief of Staff for two consecutive Louisiana governors: Democrat Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and Republican M.J. “Mike” Foster, Jr. He joined Foster’s staff in 1996 as Policy Director, and in that role led the pioneering effort to create the state’s community college system by building a coalition of Republicans, Democrats, businesses, labor groups, educators, and students. Mr. Kopplin holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University; a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and is a 1986 Harry S. Truman Scholarship winner.

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