OUR TEAM

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JON ATKINSON

Chief Executive Officer

Jon is an expert in startups, customer development methodologies, and entrepreneurial finance. His past experience combines a diverse knowledge as a professional investor and ‘recovering’ banker with skills gained as a professor, CEO, CFO, business advisor, board member, and strategic consultant to deliver unique business insights in guiding and financing unique business insights in guiding and financing growth oriented companies. Jon was previously the founding director for the Loyola University Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Loyola University New Orleans. He is also a co-founder and the Fund Administrator for Lagniappe Angels, LLC. Jon also holds his MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from Tulane University. When he isn’t busy supporting the entrepreneurs of New Orleans, you can find Jon rowing out in the waters of the Gulf. He also loves all things traveling, coffee and LaCroix, and watching Chef’s Table on Netflix. Jon’s favorite thing about working at The Idea Village is providing businesses with the resources they need to be successful, as well as the great potential he sees in the entrepreneurs of New Orleans.

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BRENNA KANE

Chief Operating Officer

Brenna moved to New Orleans immediately post-Katrina for college and fell in love with a city that desperately needed help fostering new economic development. She received her MBA in Entrepreneurship from Loyola where she caught the startup bug. When she isn’t costuming with her Kokomo Krewe, Brenna can be found planning her next traveling adventures (preferably to a hiking trail), or rereading Harry Potter for the 100th time. Fueled by coffee and her passion for startups and the founders that power them, she is inspired everyday to continue to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem and help bring New Orleans to the forefront of the startup stage.

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HAILEY KLEMENOK

Promotions and Programs Coordinator

Hailey, a native Californian, fell in love with New Orleans when she was 15 years old and made a promise to one day live here. She made good on that promise when she packed up her life and moved to the Big Easy in 2017 to begin a term with AmeriCorps. Hailey is passionate about facilitating opportunities for New Orleans startups as they strive to build their businesses. She loves to hear from entrepreneurs about their big ideas, and is always willing to lend a helping hand where needed. Hailey loves running, going for hikes, making dinner with her friends, and is always ready for wine and movie nights. Her favorite part of her job is seeing entrepreneurs get excited about their ideas and knowing that they have the ability to help make New Orleans an even brighter place to be.

 
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TAMRA OLIN

Development and Strategic Planning Associate

Tamra originally came to New Orleans through the Venture for America fellowship, but has stayed for the beignets and excessively humid summers. She loves that The Idea Village awards her the opportunity to learn by doing while making a sustainable impact in the New Orleans community. Tamra believes the most rewarding part of the job is hearing how The Idea Village has positively impacted an entrepreneur and seeing the chain reaction as that entrepreneur has paid it forward to another through investing, mentorship or volunteering with The Idea Village. When Tamra is not working in Excel you can find her riding her bike through City Park, soliciting ski trips to her home in South Lake Tahoe, and listening to her favorite podcasts."

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KYLE MURPHY

Business Development Coordinator

Kyle grew up in New Hampshire, and moved to New Orleans after college to complete an Americorps year of service. He fell in love with the Crescent City, and stayed to work in elementary education and several nonprofits throughout the area. He was connected to the Idea Village through his MBA at Loyola University, and helps the team with business and community development programming. Kyle is most interested in social-entrepreneurship, and leveraging public-private partnerships to solve deep-rooted problems and create stronger, healthier communities. When he is outside of The Shop, Kyle can be found kayak fishing in St. Bernard Parish, playing shortstop for the Pelicans in the Peoples’ Baseball League, or hanging with his adopted cat Oscar Alvin.

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MALLORY ROSS

design and events coordinator

After falling in love with the magic of New Orleans after only a few visits , Mallory made the move from Brooklyn to the Big Easy in the winter of 2016. Originally hailing from the non-profit world as Design and Brand Manager for (RED), Mallory started her own graphic design company and began to network and build her clientele of PR and advertising agencies through her peers in the marketing world. With a passion for live music, Mallory has also pursued working within the music industry. She previously managed at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn, has worked with festivals such as Slingshot and Shaky Knees, and continues to be involved with The Wild Honey Pie, an organization that works to break down the barrier between fans and artists with intimate music experiences.

Inspired by a culture that always seems to be celebrating life, her portfolio now expands to the southern region with clients like The Idea Village / NOEW and Saint Claude Social Club. Considering herself an entrepreneur in many ways, she loves to watch the process of passionate businesses growing and realizing their full potential in this place we all love to call home. When she steps away from her computer you can find her attending every Foo Fighter concert possible, planning her next road trip, or consulting her friends on which color to dye her hair next.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 

PATRICK COMER | Chairman, Founder & CEO, Lucid

ALLEN SQUARE | CEO, Square Button

AMITH NAGARAJAN | Executive Chairman, rasa.io

BILL HINES | Managing Partner, Jones Walker

CATHY ISAACSON | Director, Middle East Investment Initiative

CHRIS LAIBE | CEO, inFRONT

COOPER MANNING | Principal, AJ Capital Partners

DAVID BARKSDALE | Managing Director, Alluvian Capital

JEN MEDBERY | Founder, Kickboard

JOHN PAYNE | President and COO, VICI Properties

KEVIN CLIFFORD | President and Chairman, American Funds

LAUREN BAUM | Senior Marketing Director. Apartment List

MARGARET SAER BEER | Marketing Consultant

MARIANNE VAN METER | Founder and Managing Director, Legacy Capital

MATT SCHWARTZ | Principal, The Domain Companies

MERRITT LANE | President and CEO, Canal Barge

MICHAEL SIEGEL | President, Corporate Realty

N. ROBBERT VORHOFF | Managing Director, Global Head of Healthcare, General Atlantic

PRES KABACOFF | Executive Chairman of the Board, HRI Properties

ROBERT A. “BOBBY” SAVOIE, PhD | CEO, Geocent

SIG GREENEBAUM | Head of Global Live Events, Blizzard Entertainment

TI MARTIN | Co-proprietor, Commander’s Palace

TIM WILLIAMSON | Co-Founder, The Idea Village

WARNER THOMAS | President and CEO, Ochsner Health System