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.

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. Before serving the city, Andy previously served as Senior Advisor to the Founder & CEO for Teach for America.

From 2006 to 2008, Andy served as Founding Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA), the agency charged with leading Louisiana’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and Rita. At LRA, he developed strategy and built bipartisan coalitions that more than doubled congressional appropriations for Louisiana’s rebuilding — from $13 billion to $28 billion.
Before leading LRA, Andy 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 led a pioneering effort to create the state’s community college system through a coalition of Republicans, Democrats, businesses, labor groups, educators, and students.

Andy holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University; a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and is a 1986 Harry S. Truman Scholarship winner.

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