Ethan Ellestad has been involved in community work for two decades, beginning as a coach and youth mentor, then developing and running after school programs and supervising adjudicated youth. His work includes a 3 year stint in the Peace Corps, where he developed and ran a community center in Ewarton, Jamaica. He relocated to New Orleans in 2009, where he attended the University of New Orleans, receiving a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Community Development. Upon graduation, Ethan joined the staff of the Foundation For Louisiana, as a member of the Neighborhood Organizing and Planning Fund, where he worked until the end of 2013. He is a founding member of the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO), and has served as its executive director since 2014
Community Engagement Coordinator
Renard Bridgewater is a native New Orleanian and graduate of both Holy Cross High School and the University of New Orleans. As a tenured veteran in the city's Hip-Hop community (performing under the moniker Slangston Hughes) and previous participant in Sweet Home New Orleans' Accessing Artist Revenue Streams course, he has a passion for live music and artist empowerment, and continues to pass on the knowledge he has gained to help empower his peers. This is utilized in his Uniquity (yoo-knik-wi-tee) Music imprint, which provides a performance platform for regional/touring bands and local Hip-Hop, R&B and Spoken Word artists, as well as providing music publishing for local artists and facilitating workshops that cultivate professional development in the music industry. He joins us after nearly fourteen years with The Times-Picayune, where he worked in HR and production.
Hannah Kreiger-Benson, MaCCNO’s meeting facilitator and programming coordinator, has been involved in MaCCNO since its very first meeting. Her proposed MA thesis about how law/power systems shape the distribution of music venues throughout New Orleans led her into this work, and she has loved doing it ever since. Hannah makes her living playing piano/singing in the historic Pat O’Brien’s piano bar, and is a member of several bands including The Asylum Chorus, Marina Orchestra, and the Hannah KB Band, as well as a proud Camel Toe Lady Stepper. She was a 2015 City Business Woman of the Year.