Role Model

Carol McCall

Education Committee Chair, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans

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.

Carol McCall is Chair of the Education Committee of Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, where she has been an active leader and advocate for education reform in Louisiana. McCall and Citizens for 1 joined with Educate Now!, LAPCS, CABL, LABI, DFER, and others to support the improvement of educational opportunities for Louisiana’s children.

Thanks to her extensive fundraising background, Carol helped secure the initial funding for Summerbridge, now called Breakthrough New Orleans, a program to prepare high-potential middle school students with limited resources for academically rigorous educational experiences in high school and college. With Donald Harrison Jr., she founded and managed the New Jazz School, a summer music camp for middle and high school students, in partnership with Newman and the Tipitina’s and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundations.

For almost thirty years, McCall was the Director of Advancement for Isidore Newman School, with the primary responsibility for fundraising and public relations until 2006. During that time the school experienced a nearly 200% increase in Annual Fund donations and undertook major capital projects, including Cotonio Palaestra, Michael Lupin Field, renovation of Henson Auditorium and the Reynolds-Ryan Gallery, and renovation of the Doris Stone, David Oreck and Percival Stern Buildings.

McCall is currently on the OPSB Authorization and Accountability Task Force and is a member of the Board of the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, a Type-2 public charter high school located in Federal City. She is a former member of the RSD Citizens Advisory Committee for school site selection. A lecturer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, McCall was selected as Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2006. She has also been a member and conference speaker for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Independent School Association of the Southwest.

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Photo credit: Gigsy Photography