STAFF

Nyree A. Ramsey

Executive Director

NYREE A. RAMSEY completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and followed her artist heart to Tremé in New Orleans. Here she served the City of New Orleans as Deputy Director of Community Affairs & Special Events and was promoted to Director of Arts and Tourism in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Hurricane Katrina’s displacement re-ignited her motivation to attend law school, she went to Quinnipiac University School of Law where she excelled in their certificate programs for intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution; Nyree is a mediator who values the less adversarial road to resolution and champions “win-win” relationships. Click here to read entire bio

The transformative work she now does for Ujamaa and to direct the Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District (CID) propels the New Orleans’ servant-leader spirit that she personifies. Nyree was the city’s first Black director of Arts & Tourism; her first job in New Orleans was as a Training Associate at the Center for Non-Profit Resources (now the Data Center). Having witnessed the dispersion of New Orleans’ vibrant creative community across the globe after Katrina, Nyree is steadfast in her commitment to resident-led revitalization efforts. She draws inspiration from the growing team of advocates working to assist equitable and indigenous community development. She knows the beauty of her work centers on her efforts to promote, protect, and perpetuate the
unique aesthetic of an American treasure, New Orleans’ art & culture.

Nyree is a 25-year member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a service organization, and sits on
the board of New York Deltas, Inc. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Lafitte Greenway, Arts
Committee.

Dasjon Jordan

Strategy & Development Officer

DASJON JORDAN, is a co-founding principal at Roux Collaborative. He has worked deeply with public agencies, cities, community-based organizations and the private sector on place-based economic development strategies in the U.S., South Africa and Mexico. He specializes in commercial district  revitalization focusing on small business financial and marketing ecosystems, restorative design strategies, and neighborhood cultural planning. Before Roux Collaborative, Dasjon worked as the Commercial Revitalization Coordinator at Broad Community Connections. He holds a master’s of city planning from MIT and a bachelor’s of architecture from Louisiana State University.

Ingrid "Nell" Andrews

Outreach Volunteer & Coordinator

INGRID “NELL” ANDREWS is an accomplished businesswoman and successful entrepreneur, having owned and operated boutiques, clothing stores, and an online jewelry store. A native of New Orleans, Nell manages the legendary Andrews Family Band and the iconic Andrews Brass Band, led by Grammy winner, Glen Andrews of the award winning Rebirth Brass Band. Her love of music and culture keeps her motivated and inspired, she maintains a role as a cultural ambassador for New Orleans each time she books the band and music lovers are introduced to the family of musicians.

Amber Labat

Intern

AMBER LABAT is entering her last semester as a senior at Xavier University of Louisiana. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. Born and raised New Orleanian, growing up in the upper 9th ward, her short term goal is to get her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. Skilled at editing, videography, cinematic photography, computer programming, she excels at coursework in Xavier’s department of Mass Communication. Amber also enjoys writing and web design, and has successfully launched her own blog, “Unapologetically Being A Woman.” She has a passion for helping her community and shedding light on injustices. Growing up in New Orleans, Claiborne Avenue is a frequent destination of hers. Whether it be for the second-lines, Mardi Gras day, or something as simple as grabbing a bite to eat, Amber was excited to join Ujamaa EDC
as an intern because Claiborne Ave. has always represented home.

Jeremiah Jones

Intern

JEREMIAH JONES is a sophomore student at Xavier University of Louisiana where he majors in General History, and minors in business administration with a strong focus on historic exposure and civic engagement. Born and raised in New Orleans, Jeremiah has an adept way of speaking to people of all walks of life. He attributes this to a strong central study of African and African- American history, which also blends into his poetry, speeches, and community works to uplift the Black community through historic teaching and cultural exchange. Jeremiah intends to utilize his skills of communication, oration and compassion to reach the communities of New Orleans to ensure the long term success of the blooming economies and improve the quality of life of all citizens of New Orleans. Jeremiah is a member of the “Mobilizing Millennials” advocacy group and lead organizer for their social justice and community mobilization campaigns.

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