Temple Sinai is proud to host Mayor LaToya Cantrell at our Shabbat services and oneg on Friday, June 15 at 6:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

LaToya Cantrell’s life has always been steeped in community service. As a little girl her grandmother would bring her to neighborhood meetings, and by the age of 13, she was serving as secretary for her local chamber of commerce.

“My soul found it’s home in New Orleans,” is how she describes her arrival here in 1990 as a student at Xavier University. After graduation, she and her husband Jason bought a home in the Broadmoor neighborhood, and LaToya became an active
member of her new community.

As the President of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, LaToya led the neighborhood’s redevelopment following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. Flooding decimated Broadmoor, but through citizen engagement and LaToya’s leadership, Broadmoor is now considered an international model for disaster recovery.

Elected to the City Council in 2012, LaToya has prioritized improving people’s lives. Here are a few of her Council achievements:

  • Worked with developers on numerous large scale projects that have created
    new housing, retail, hospitality and commercial spaces throughout the city
    and have produced thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of
    permanent jobs.
  • Spearheaded the “Smoke-Free” ordinance, which protects those in the
    service industry and musicians from secondhand smoke.
  • Collaborated with developers to produce affordable rental units
  • Passed the “Welcoming Cities” resolution, which aids our historically
    marginalized residents.
  • Regularly met with and assisted many of the city’s growing population of
    entrepreneurs as they worked to start new businesses, including Urban
    South Brewery, Rouler and others.

On November 18, LaToya Cantrell was elected Mayor of New Orleans, and will serve as the first female mayor just in time to celebrate the city’s 300th anniversary. She is a proud mother of 10-year old daughter, RayAnn, and is a parishioner at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.

As Mayor, LaToya pledges to produce results that will create a more equitable, safer and better New Orleans for all residents.