of Directors

Forest Bradley-Wright, Board President

Sr. Program Director, Alliance for Affordable Energy
As Senior Program Director for the Alliance for Affordable Energy, Forest has helped to create major energy efficiency and renewable energy policies for New Orleans and Louisiana that stimulate the green industries. For more than a decade, Forest Wright has worked for Shell International Exploration and Production Company and more recently with The Alliance for Affordable Energy. Forest graduated with his bachelors and masters degrees from Tulane University, where he studied international development and tourism planning.

Amanda Golob, Secretary

Staff Attorney, Equal Justice Works
Amanda Golob is a Staff Attorney at Equal Justice Works where she works on legal issues for low income renters.

Vance Levesque, Treasurer

Controller/Sustainability Officer, Arc of G.N.O.
Vance Levesque CPA, was the CFO for the LAGC since it’s inception when it was part of the Arc of Greater New Orleans. When it was spun off into its own Non-Profit, became a Board member of LAGC. He worked as the Controller of the Arc of Greater New Orleans from 1994 to 2017, managing a budget of $10,000,000. Vance is the chair of the New Orleans Group Sierra Club, is on the board of the Friends of Lafitte and is an All Around Great Guy!!

Christopher Williams

Director of Administration and Employee Development, Barriere Construction Co. LLC
South Carolina native Chris Williams moved to New Orleans in 2009 to attend the MBA Program at Tulane University. After graduating, Chris joined Barriere Construction Co. LLC, where he currently serves as Director of Administration and Employee Development helping to oversee many of Barriere’s administrative functions, including Human Resources, Benefits and Wellness, Workforce Development, and Marketing. Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Georgia and earned his Master’s Degree from Tulane in Business Administration. Chris is active in the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, Tulane’s Freeman 50, and on the Workforce Development Steering Committee of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Chris and his wife Katherine have two children.

Sam Wickline

Client Advisor
Sam is a Client Advisor in J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in New Orleans. In his role, he works with high net worth individuals, families, endowments and foundations and advises his clients on all aspects of financial planning to include banking, investing, lending and wealth transition planning. Sam has been with the firm since 2013 and has held roles in both the Private Bank and Commercial Bank. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for ten years. He holds the Series 7 and 63 securities licenses as well as the CFP® designation.

Sam is originally from Union, West Virginia and relocated to New Orleans for the second time in his career in 2017. Sam is active in the community and leads employee engagement activities in the metro area for JPMorgan Chase. He is a board member of Louisiana Green Corps and President of the Vista Park Civic & Improvement Association. He also previously served on the board of JUMA Ventures. In his spare time, Sam enjoys outdoor activities, sports, volunteering, and spending time with his family.

Judge Paula Brown

Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge
Judge Paula Brown, recently elected to the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, earned her undergraduate degree from Tulane while on a basketball scholarship, and her Law degree from Southern University. Before her election to the bench as Judge in Orleans Civil District Court, she clerked for the Louisiana Supreme Court and worked as a trial attorney for the Regional Transit Authority, as an Adjunct Professor at Southern University, and as a Staff Attorney with the Orleans Public Defender. Dedicated to the community, she serves on the Board of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, Louisiana Appleseed, Increase Student Performance In Reading Excellence (INSPIRE), and the Louisiana Heart Foundation. As a member of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, she serves on the Mass Incarceration, Re-Entry, and Prison Reform Committee. From New Orleans City Business, she won the Leadership in Law Award, and has earned both the YWCA Role Model Award and the Susan G. Komen Survivor of the Year Award, as well as the Exemplary Community Service Award from the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. On and off the bench, Judge Brown has earned a reputation for being fair, compassionate, and hard working.

Kyron Miller

Founder and Owner, Brothers in Construction Co.

Kyron Miller is a proud LA Green Corps Alumni and graduated from the program in 2013. During his participation in the spring 2013 Cohort, Kyron obtained NCCER CORE, OSHA 10, First-Aid/CPR, TWIC, Forklift Certification, and also attended a Building Performance Institute training as well as Lead & Asbestos Awareness training.

In March 2017, Kyron founded Brothers in Construction Insulation Co and still owns the business. Brothers in Construction provides a wide range of services to maximize residential and commercial energy use and save client’s money, including spray foam insulation, energy audits, energy consultations, weatherization.

Kyron also serves on the board of Icons for Peace, a New Orleans non-profit focused on educating youth about community planning, gardening, social justice, policy advocacy, and becoming politically active. Kyron states that “joining Green Corps was one of the best decisions in my life and has helped me more than anything get to where I am today. Green Corps gave me direction, hope, and faith in the fact that I could build a successful career.”

Michelle Brown

Director of Content, Leading Educators

Before joining Leading Educators in her current role as Director of Content, Michelle was the Vice Principal of Academics at the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School, the same school where she learned that teaching is the best career in the world. She was previously a teacher educator at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). She began her career in education as a high school English and reading teacher in New Orleans.

Michelle holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. Her graduate work focused on classroom observation and effective literacy practices in secondary ELA classrooms. She earned a B.A. from New College of Florida where she pursued a dual concentration in Literature and Hispanic Language and Literature.

Carrie Craven

Social Worker, International School of Louisiana

Carrie Craven is an experienced and dedicated Holistic Social Worker, Researcher & Policy Advocate, Writer, and Local Educator. For over the past decade, Carrie has worked in New Orleans to support social justice, equity in education, and promoting all individual’s emotional well-being. She is a licensed Social Worker with a Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University.

Previous to her current role, she served as the Academic Instructor for Louisiana Green Corps where she successfully designed and taught interdisciplinary courses to Green Corps participants while integrating environmental and racial justice to explore the impact of place on socio-economic circumstances, with an emphasis on community strengths, growth mindset, personal agency, and movements led by historically marginalized communities. 

Quotes from Youth Construction and Conservation Corps

“The most important thing I learned was the social aspect of the workplace. I already knew what employers expect, but seeing it, practicing it, that made it real for me.”

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