Getting Back to Abnormal

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In Context

Barbara Lacen-Keller is the director of constituent services for New Orleans city councilwoman Stacy Head, and a longtime activist. Former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial called her the "mayor of Central City." She worked in the Orleans parish school system for 16 years and then became the clinic administrator at the Central City health clinic for another eight years. Since 2006, she's served as a staff member for councilwoman Head. Lacen-Keller was also the original organizer of the Second Line Cultural Tradition Task Force, which promotes, preserves, perpetuates and celebrates the music and culture of the city. She is also the chair of the Central City Partnership, a community organization that brings together schools, businesses, faith-based organizations and residents and runs a skills bank program to help unemployed community members find jobs.


» Murphy, Paul. "Central City Partnership Puts Locals to Work." Eyewitness News, June 11, 2012.

» New Orleans City Council. "Council Staff."