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LaToya Cantrell was elected as District "B" Councilmember in December 2012 and re-elected without opposition in February 2014. Before joining the City Council, LaToya was a nonprofit management executive for over 10 years, where she gained valuable experience in education reform, strategic planning, neighborhood revitalization, financial management, economic development and grass roots organizing. Post-Katrina, she led the citizens' fight to save Broadmoor after it was flooded due to levee failures. LaToya was recognized as a Restore America Hero by the National Trust of Historic Preservation and a Young Leadership Council role model and one of the "New Orleans People to Watch, Gambit 40 under 40," and most received a "Wisdom of Women" award by Planned Parenthood. LaToya is a member of the New Orleans Citizens' Diplomacy Council advisory board, Canal Street Development Corporation, Broadmoor Education Corridor, French Market Corporation board of directors, and New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation board of directors. As a community leader and elected official, LaToya is committed to always lending an ear to neighborhood concerns. She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, earning a BA degree in sociology and completed executive management training at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. While serving on the city council, LaToya has been recognized as Best Neighborhood Councilperson by Neighborhoods Partnership Network, the Mondale-Brooke Award for Fair housing leadership and participation, and the LGBT's 2013 Allies Award. She is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.