Congratulations to Lucas Diaz. Below is a press release from the New Orleans Mayor’s Office. Please note that Puentes is a partner organization of Committee for a Better New Orleans in the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG).
NEW ORLEANS, LA -Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Lucas Diaz as Director of the Office of Neighborhood Engagement (ONE).
ONE will serve as the permanent mechanism for dialogue, information sharing, partnership and action with neighborhood residents, leaders and organizations to improve the quality of life for the residents of the City of New Orleans. ONE will create avenues of engagement through online and offline methods to provide open spaces for feedback on City initiatives. Finally, ONE will advance City priorities by partnering with neighborhood organizations and leaders, proactively facilitating dialogue and linking key individuals to solve problems at the community level and to ensure that they are solved with combined knowledge and efforts.
“Neighborhoods are the lifeblood of this City and the unity and engagement from within neighborhood organizations and involvement has driven much of our recovery and redevelopment,” said Mayor Landrieu. “The creation of the Office of Neighborhood Engagement is another initiative to promote stronger communication and involvement with our administration.”
As Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement, Diaz will oversee efforts to connect local community organizations/residents with mutually beneficial initiatives to create a city that represents and serves all its citizens.
Diaz has over nine years experience working in the non-profit community. He was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and immigrated as a child with his parents to Louisiana in 1977. He received his BA in English from Loyola University New Orleans and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans.
In February, 2007, Diaz co-founded Puentes New Orleans, Inc., an institution that has served the Latino community in the Greater New Orleans area. Puente’s initiatives have included civic engagement programs including LatiNola (which includes community outreach, volunteerism, and voter engagement and registration); first-time home-buyer training; public safety initiatives; community organizing programs; and, the development of policy/advocacy programs.
“The overall goal for the Office of Neighborhood Engagement will be to create and institute a plan to enable all New Orleanians to contribute to the future success of our City and its Citizens,” said Mayor Landrieu.
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