Role Model

Scott Hutcheson

City of New Orleans (formerly)

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.

Scott Hutcheson formerly served as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Orleans and as Mayor Landrieu’s Senior Advisor for Cultural Economy. In this role, he the led previous administration’s celebration of the New Orleans Tricentennial, including the renovation of historic Gallier Hall. Scott recently founded a consulting firm to help organizations move forward with strategic plans, initiatives, fundraising, and other work they need to succeed and grow.

After Hurricane Katrina, Scott served as the founding Executive Director of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation where he raised more than $3 million to fund 300 recovery grants for artists, arts organizations, and cultural businesses statewide. During his time in state and municipal government, Scott organized the World Cultural Economic Forum and created the New Orleans Cultural Economy Snapshot. He remains an internationally sought-after speaker on the role of government in cultural economic planning and programming.

Through previous leadership positions across the state, Scott worked to advocate for Louisiana’s ever-expanding $17 billion tourism economy. As former Chairman of the Louisiana Partnership for Arts Advocacy, he succeeded in lobbying for the largest-ever increase in state funding for the arts. Scott has served on the boards for Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. He has been recognized in Gambit Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch,” and has been honored as a “Distinguished Alumnus” by the College of Liberal Arts and The School of Performing Arts at Louisiana Tech University. Scott is also an Honorary Member of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame.

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Photo credit: Gigsy Photography