Equity is the just and fair inclusion into a society in which everyone can participate and prosper. Data shows that Louisiana is the most inequitable state in the United States of America. Maroon is committed to employing an “equity lens” to ensure that the principles of equity are embedded in decision-making and policy-making, and to hold our leaders accountable.
Above all, we are a team. That means we show up for each other, act with empathy, and bring our authentic selves to work every day. We are growing our team not for our own personal gain, but for each other, our community, and our legacies.
What do you do when no one else is looking? The Maroon team acts with integrity and honesty, and focus on putting ourselves in the shoes of others. We measure ourselves against the highest standards of integrity and fiscal responsibility, and remain to removing the barriers and obstacles that stand in the way to prosperity for our community.
Jade Brown-Russell is a proud native of New Orleans. She is Principal of JD Russell Consulting, LLC, a full service consulting firm focusing on regulatory compliance, legal counsel, corporate turnaround/workout services and governmental relations. Jade focuses on providing results-driven strategies and outcomes for her clients, which have included public and priva te sector agencies, including the the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the Plaquemines Port, Foundation for Louisiana, Harrah’s New Orleans, ESSENCE Communications, STEM NOLA, City of New Orleans, City of Shreveport, LA, City of Montgomery, AL, The Finance Authority of New Orleans, Crescent City Community Land Trust.
Dr. Jawan Brown-Alexander currently serves as the Chief of Schools for New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO). Prior to joining NSNO, Jawan’s experiences as a school leader included her work as director of curriculum and instruction at Lake Forest Charter School, interim director of K-8 instructional strategies for ACSA, director of curriculum and instruction for Recovery School District, and assistant head of school for accountability and school performance at Lafayette Charter School. Jawan also helped found Collab Lab, an organization committed to providing guidance and support to school leaders. She credits her passion for teaching as well as her master teacher and middle school teaching experiences as the catalysts for her work as a leader, mentor and advisor. Dr. Alexander is a New Orleans native who graduated from Eleanor McMain Magnet School, went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English education from Southern University, a master’s in educational leadership from Xavier University, and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in educational leadership from Xavier University as well. Jawan is a recipient of the Young Leadership Council's 2021 Role Model Award.
Kendra L. Alexis, M.Ed is the Chief Executive Officer of The First Step Youth & Family Services, LLC. Ms. Alexis has worked with various agencies throughout the area providing parenting and anger management groups, counseling to at-risk youth, the mentally challenged, and those with a history of substance dependency. Prior to partnering with Kimberly Andres to co-found The First Step, Ms. Alexis was a Program Director for Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. In the mental health arena, Ms. Alexis has been able to draw from her experiences as the Transition Specialist for the Office of Juvenile Justice, a counselor at Family House and the Child Care Specialist for Odyssey House of Louisiana. Kendra graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University, and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of New Orleans.
Maroon's disaster response team is on the ground in Southeast Louisiana, and prepared to assist our small and emerging businesses with their recovery needs. Please click here to schedule an appointment to learn more about how you can access resources or help a small business impacted by Hurricane Ida.