Promoting Cross-Cultural Relationships one handshake at a time
July 2019

July 17 – 23

A Multi-Regional Project

Recovering from Conflict and Trauma

10 Visitors

July 24 – 27

A Project for Algeria

Promoting Cyber Security

5 Visitors

July 31-August

A Project for         West Bank           Community Leadership for Women

7 Visitors

August 14 – 18

A Multi-Regional Project

Global Economic Cooperation II

7 Visitors

August 27 – 31
A Project for Palestinian Territories
Positive Community Engagement Through Cultural Organizations
6 Visitors
August 29 – September 4
A Sub-Regional Project
LMI - Water Data Cooperation in the Lower Mekong
9 Visitors


Honorary Consulate General of Albania
Honorary Consulate of Canada in Louisiana
Honorary Consulate General of the Czech Republic
Royal Danish Consulate of New Orleans
Honorary Consulate of Iceland
Honorary Consulate of Netherlands 
Honorary Consulate General of Japan
Honorary Consulate of Switzerland
Honorary Consulate of Ukraine
Laura Plantation

Thank you to our Principal Sponsors:

A.R.M. Enterprises

The Port of New Orleans

InterContinental New Orleans

After three years as Program Officer, Svetlana Pizzati will leave the NOCDC in mid-July to volunteer in Chile with the English Opens Doors Program. The English Opens Doors Program (Programa Inglés Abre Puertas) is an initiative supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education. The Program was created in 2003 to improve the level of English for students between 5th and 12th grades throughout the Chilean public school system by providing teacher training, instructional materials, language competitions, English immersion camps, and semester abroad scholarships for university students. A native of Russia, Svetlana graduated Cum Laude from the University of New Orleans in 2014 with a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Diplomacy and International Organizations and a minor in Spanish. In 2015 Svetlana took a short-term assignment as NOCDC Projects Assistant, and before that she had served as an intern for her undergraduate course work.  Svetlana is really excited to embark on a new journey and get firsthand experience of the Latin American culture.

Svetlana will be replaced by Brett Netto, who had served as Program Officer for NOCDC from 2013-2014 before moving to Virginia to pursue graduate studies. Brett received his Master’s in Public and International Affairs from Virginia Tech in 2015 and is in the final stages of his PhD program in Planning, Governance and Globalization. Brett holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of New Orleans.  He will assume the position of NOCDC’s Program Officer in August following a stint as Instructor of Political Science for the 2019 UNO-International Summer School in Innsbruck, Austria. 

In other news,  NOCDC member Sean Chadwell, who served as Program Manager for NOCDC from 2016-2017, has accepted the position of  Director of the Luang Prabang Film Festival in Laos. Currently in its 10th year, the LPFF showcases contemporary film from across Southeast Asia each December and conducts workshops and other educational programs for Lao filmmakers and audiences throughout the year. The festival is free and open to the public and is supported by Oxfam and several embassies including the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane. For those who are not familiar with Luang Prabang, Sean and his wife Donna Lednicky note that it is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site and well worth a visit.

Thank you to our professional resources who met with our international guests in June, 2019 

American Red Cross – Ms. Emily Camp, Regional Disaster Officer for Louisiana; Ms. Tracy Lewis-Todd, Clinical Psychologist in Outpatient Practice

Butler Snow LLP – Mr. Jim Letten, Attorney

Cheniere Energy – Mr. Scott Schultz, Mechanical Engineer of Cheniere Energy Inc.; Ms. Alix Forgan, Associate Analyst of International Affairs

City of New Orleans Human Relations Commission and Office of Human Rights and Equity – Mr. Vincenzo Pasquantonio, Executive Director

Committee for a Better New Orleans– Mr. Keith Twitchell, President

Court Watch NOLA – Ms. Veronica Bard, Program Director

Deafening Sound Project – Ms. Ann Flanagan, Freelance Photographer

Fund 17 – Ms. Haley Burns, Executive Director; Mr. Cale Brown, Capital Access Coordinator

Historic New Orleans Collection – Mr. Eric Seiferth, Curator/Historian

Idea Village – Ms. Brenna Kane, Director; Ms. Kat Milligan, Development and Administrative Manager

Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) – Ms. Kate Moreano, Economic Development Manager; Ms. Jennifer Lapeyrouse, Economic Development Finance Manager; Ms. Kelsey Scram, Marketing & PR Manager

Jefferson Parish Office of the Inspector General – Mr. David N. McClintock

Kenner Domestic Violence Court – Judge Miguel A. Elias, Magistrate

Leake & Andersson, LLP– Mr. Edward Hayes, Attorney

Lotte Chemical U.S. – Mr. TaeWoon Soun, Vice President; Mr. Jim Rock, Executive Director

Louisiana Business & Technology Center – Mr. David Winwood, Executive Director; Mr. Kenneth Anderson, Student Incubator Manager

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) – Mr. Larry Collins, Executive Director, International Commerce

Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) – Ms. Mary Lee Orr, Executive Director; Mr. Michael Orr, Communications Director; Ms. Wilma Subra, Technical Director

Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association (LMOGA) – Mr. Tyler Gray, CEO

Metropolitan Crime Commission – Ms. Michelle Foster, Senior Investigator

New Orleans Cold Storage – Ms. Cristina Lamia, Sales Coordinator; Mr. Scott Morvant, Warehouse Manager

New Orleans Ethics Review Board – Mr. Michael A. Cowan, Board Member

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation, Inc. – Ms. Rachel Lyons, Archivist

New Orleans Jazz Museum – Mr. Greg Lambousy, Director

NO/LA Angel Network – Ms. Louisa Smith, Director of Operations

Port of New Orleans – Mr. Matt Gresham, Director of External Affairs

Project SAVE – Ms. Allyson Tuttle, Esq., Director

Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation – Mr. Erik Paskewich, Program Manager, Logistics and Operations

Public Integrity Bureau – Chief Arlinda Westbrook

Rise St. James – Ms. Sharon Lavigne, Director

Sierra Club: Delta Chapter – Ms. Charelle Blazer

Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) – Ms. Bernadette Wiltz, Executive Director; Ms. Danielle Coco, Marketing & Communications Director

Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance – Mr. George Swift, President and CEO; Mr. R.B. Smith, Vice President of Business & Workforce Development

The George H. Buck, Jr. Jazz Foundation Family of Record Labels – Mr. Lars Edegran, Musician

Tulane Environmental Law Clinic – Ms. Kimberly Terrell, Ph.D., Director of Community Outreach

Tulane University Hogan Jazz Archives – Mr. Lynn Abbott, Associate Curator, Recorded Sound

University Medical Center – Dr. Ecoee Rooney, Continuing Education Manager, International Association of Forensic Nurses

WWOZ – Mr. Dave Ankers, Special Projects Manager


Ms. Machelle Hall & Mr. Keith Hall hosted and provided dinner for five visitors from South Korea who traveled to Louisiana to learn about the U.S. Natural Gas landscape and investment opportunities.

Mr. Andy Jacoby &  Ms. Jamie Koch, along with Chef Amy Langlois hosted and provided dinner for three jazz archivists from Russia.


Mr. Thomas & Ms. Barbara Sands hosted and provided dinner for two jazz archivists from Russia.


Keith Twitchell, President

Diane Mercer, Vice President

Robert Gray Freeland, Treasurer

Cynthia Dubberley

Machelle Lee Hall

Greg Lambousy

Nancy Maveety

Alexandra Mora

Alla Rosca

Walter F. Wolf, III

Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Hon. Jay Dardenne

Patricia Denechaud

Edward T. Hayes

Herbert Larson

Jim Letten

Echo Olander​


Susannah Coolidge, Executive Director

Kelley Ponder, Program Manager

Svetlana Pizzati, Program Officer

Wendy Cohen,
Tulane University

Brad Greenberger,
Tulane University

New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council  |  1215 Prytania Street, Suite 203 New Orleans, LA 70130  |  504.529.1509 |