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Project Coordinator

Celeste Lavelle

Celeste serves as a Project Coordinator for Converge, supporting with racial equity & intersectionality, curriculum development, philanthropic management, staff training, event coordination and strategic planning.  

Currently, Celeste aids in the administration of three action tables for the Greater New Orleans Funders – the Climate, Criminal and Health Action Tables.  Previously, Celeste provided support for TRUE Northwest Arkansas, a three-year Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative for community organizations in Northwest Arkansas.  Celeste has coordinated numerous convenings including three for various ACLU departments.  Celeste has also aided in the completion of many strategic plans for partners such as Vera Institute of Justice in New Orleans, STRIVE National, the Trauma Informed School Learning Collaborative and the Center for Public Research and Leadership attached to Columbia University.  

Before Converge, Celeste worked closely with Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, a French immersion school chartered to provide a French curriculum education from kindergarten through high school in a non-denominational environment where social diversity is considered essential to the student’s education.  Celeste also formerly spent her summers traveling to rural America to rebuild homes and community centers after natural or economic disasters.  

A born and raised NOLA girl, Celeste received a Bachelors of Science and Arts in Sociology focusing on social justice and inequalities from Loyola University New Orleans.  Celeste is very serious about her NOLA-based sports teams.  When she isn’t watching sports, she is attempting to be athletic on kickball teams with friends.  Celeste is also a big advocate for reading for fun.  She loves coffee shops and gently used books from Blue Cypress bookstore in New Orleans.