Robert X. Fogarty
Co-Founder and Board President; Dear New Orleans + Dear World, Founder

Fogarty is the co-founder and founder of Dear World. He started after assisting the City of New Orleans to evacuate 18,000 residents without cars in advance of Hurricane Gustav, the largest hurricane evacuation in U.S. history.

In 2011, Fogarty started Dear World, a scalable version of Dear New Orleans, his for-profit photography venture for social good. Fogarty has photographed thousands, including Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Drew Brees, Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon and NBA All Star Chris Paul. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 2005.

Caroline Fayard
Fayard Law Firm, LLC

Fayard was born in Baton Rouge and grew up in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Caroline was the 1996 Class valedictorian and a member of the Navy Junior ROTC at Episcopal High School. Fayard graduated with honors from both Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School. At Michigan, Fayard administered a fellowship program on behalf of the university.

She worked at both the White House and Congress before taking a position at Goldman Sachs. She later worked at the Washington-based firm of Williams and Connolly before returning to government service, and to Louisiana, to work as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. of the Eastern District of Louisiana. Fayard was later appointed to the faculty of the College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans and served there until 2009 when she returned to private practice. Fayard currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Louisiana Appleseed, a non-profit organization that promotes access to justice. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Junior League of New Orleans and a Life Loyal member and former chapter president of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity, Inc. Fayard is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and New York.

Josh Sawislak, AICP
Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Infrastructure Resilience
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Josh Sawislak was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Infrastructure Resilience at HUD in October 2013. In this capacity, he advises Secretary Castro and senior HUD staff on issues related to resilience efforts across the Department and represents HUD on White House and interagency councils and working groups. He also leads several infrastructure initiatives recommended by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

Mr. Sawislak previously served as the infrastructure lead for the Presidential Task Force. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, has served as a senior government official in planning, response, and recovery roles for major disasters including the H1N1 pandemic, Hurricane’s Gustav, Ike, and Rita, as well as the response to the 2009 earthquake and tsunami in American Samoa and 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In the private sector, Mr. Sawislak has served as a strategic management consultant to government and corporate organizations as well as a corporate executive. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University and studied infrastructure development at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Lauren Thom
Fleurty Girl 

Lauren Thom is a New Orleans native who started a New Orleans-inspired shirt line called Fleurty Girl. Her shirts are worn all over the world by people who want a piece of New Orleans nostalgia wherever they go. She opened a shop on Oak Street in November 2009 inside of an old renovated shotgun that was destroyed in Katrina. Her shop has quickly become one of the most frequented destinations on Oak Street.

Prior to launching Fleurty Girl, Lauren was a radio DJ and TV News reporter. She was also featured on ABC’s “The View,” in 2005 and even made it to the Oscars in 2001. In her younger years, Lauren’s media experience began when she was a student anchor on WWL-TV’s “Our Generation” with Sally Ann Roberts. “New Orleans is my love,” says Thom, who left her television job in February 2010 in order to run Fleurty Girl full-time. “My favorite part is working the shop and just listening to the stories,” says Thom. “Everyone knows someone who said ‘Zink’ or ‘Mynez’ and the shirts remind them of a piece of something they remember and they love to share it. I’ve laughed with people and cried with them, this is exactly what I was meant to do.”

Nolan Marshall
Director of Public Affairs and Policy
Downtown Development District

A native New Orleanian, Nolan graduated from the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University in 2001. In 2009 Nolan received the Fritz Wagner prize for academic achievement and community service in Graduate Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans.  Nolan currently serves as the Director of Public Affairs and Policy at the Downtown Development District.  Prior to joining the DDD, Nolan worked at Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives as the Director of Policy and Advocacy and previously served as the Associate Director of Common Good at Loyola University.  Nolan has been an active civic leader serving as the president of the Young Leadership Council, president of the board at Einstein Charter School, and serving on the boards of the Audubon Nature Institute, Son of a Saint, the City Planning Commission, the International High School of New Orleans, New Orleans City Park Commission, Human Relations Commission, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans Resource Council, New Orleans Crime Coalition, Court Watch NOLA, and the New Orleans BioDistrict.

Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, City of New Orleans
Position Currently Held By:

LtCol. Jerry W. Sneed USMC (ret.)
Deputy Mayor, Public Safety, City of New Orleans

Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Sneed's first duty in New Orleans was to coordinate the “Look and Leave” program in the Lower 9th Ward directly after Hurricane Katrina, which he did as a volunteer. In the past five years he has risen from volunteer to the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and now serves as Deputy Mayor for Public Safety. His office is responsible for the City Assisted Evacuation Plan.

In this capacity he oversees the City’s public safety departments including NOPD, NOFD, EMS and Emergency Management with the goal of providing coordinated safety and security to citizens. By coordinating both internal city functions as well as external relations with other criminal justice entities, the Deputy Mayor helps limit duplicative efforts and maximizes the effectiveness of all facets of the system.

Lt. Col. Sneed served over 30 years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps.