Mikal Anderson

2017 Fellow

Mikal Anderson is the Founder and Chief Consulting Officer of Prototype Entities – an educational consulting firm which provides innovative, equitable, and culturally responsive interventions and systems to maximize the learning outcomes of students.  Mikal brings nearly fifteen years of public and private sector expertise in the areas of instructional pedagogy, school operations, education policy, human capital, and public finance to the field of education.  Prior to his current roles, he worked with numerous academic institutions, nonprofits, and research teams in the Philadelphia area as both a consultant and instructor.  He is an inaugural member of the research and practice advisory team for the Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education at Temple University.  As a trained educator with a general education and special education background, Mikal is deeply committed to initiatives that promote high-quality educational opportunities for all scholars – regardless of their socio-economic status and diverse learning needs.  

 

Reba Joy Billips

2017 Fellow

Reba Joy is the creative director of the National World War II museum. She is also the co-founder of Scout, a New Orleans based design firm pioneering the way that clients connect with consumers. She formerly served as the art director at The Idea Village, where she lead the creative direction for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

She began her creative design career with Peter Mayer where some of her clients included Zatarain’s and CenturyLink, the largest telecommunications company in the U.S. She is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Loyola University’s Graphic Design program. Reba Joy is energized by empowering her team and clients both personally and professionally through her creative work. She helps brands craft their best stories by bringing their creative visions to life. Reba Joy loves creating efficiencies and instilling structure within her organizations, and takes pride in pouring herself into the people she works with.

Tiffany Harvill

2017 Fellow

Tiffany Harvill is a business professional with specific acumen in optimizing financial performance, process improvement, and talent development.  Tiffany has served in various senior level finance and operations positions across several industries including social entrepreneurship, retail, financial services, automotive, management consulting and municipal government.  Most recently, Tiffany served as the Chief Operating Officer for Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation.  As Propeller’s COO, Tiffany’s responsibilities ranged from administration (operations, finance and facilities management) to human capital (human resources, professional development, succession planning) to stakeholder and client management (ensuring high-quality social entrepreneurial programming and business development).  Prior to Propeller, Tiffany provided operational and financial direction to eleven Walmart stores.  In this role, Tiffany successfully opened seven Neighborhood Markets in the Greater New Orleans area while achieving double digit sales growth in established stores.  A native of Detroit, Michigan, Tiffany is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University.

 

 

Jaron Marks

2017 Fellow

Jay Marks is a 2nd year Commercial Credit Analyst in the New Orleans Market for J.P. Morgan Chase. He earned a bachelor of science in Applied Computing Systems and Technology from Tulane University and is currently working towards his MBA at Louisiana State University. A native of New Orleans, he is married and has 2 children.

He is a former coach for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and served briefly on NORDC’s “New Hire” advisory committee. Jay is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.; Spring ’15 inductee of Kenner Metropolitan Alumni Chapter. There he holds the office of Strategus and Assistant Exchequer. Jay has also worked with the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation to help less fortunate children and their families enjoy Christmas. Jay is also an active member of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. 

Lindsey Navarro

2017 Fellow

Lindsey Navarro serves as Senior Business Development Officer with LiftFund, formerly known as Accion Louisiana.  She served previously as the Director of Business Support for the Delta Region where she specialized in developing, coordinating and implementing educational workshops for LiftFund throughout Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and the Delta States. She has helped to deploy more than $1,000,000 in microloans to Latino entrepreneurs and provided one-on-one technical assistance to more than 300 entrepreneurs across Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Ms.  Navarro holds an MBA from Loyola University of New Orleans and bachelors in Criminal Justice from St. Peters University. She serves as a board member for the Committee for a Better New Orleans. She was honored in 2014 by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana as the recipient of the Excelencia Award for Community Service – Business.

Olin Parker

2017 Fellow

Olin G. Parker began working in education in Louisiana in 2007 and is a graduate of Hofstra University and the Harvard Kennedy School. He is now in his fifth year at the Louisiana Department of Education, where he leads support and accountability efforts for charter and nonpublic schools across the state. In addition to his work at the Department, Olin is on the vestry at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, chair of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, a member of the KIPP Believe Primary Parent-Teacher Organization, and proud assistant soccer coach for his three children under the age of seven.