The board consists of seven volunteer members who serve staggered terms of seven years each. Six members are appointed by the mayor from lists of three nominees each submitted by the presidents or chancellors of Dillard University, Loyola University, Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO), Tulane University, University of New Orleans (UNO), and Xavier University. The seventh member is appointed by the mayor. Each appointment is subject to the approval by a majority of the members of the city council.

The board is assisted by staff, including its Executive Administrator and General Counsel, Dane S. Ciolino.


James A. Brown


James A. Brown, J.D.
Board Member
Shareholder, New Orleans
Liskow & Lewis

James A. Brown is a shareholder with the New Orleans law firm of Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., and heads the firm’s Commercial Litigation Section as well as its Professional Liability Practice Group. He also serves as the firm’s General Counsel and formerly served on the Board of Directors. Mr. Brown is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and other national professional and honorary organizations. He is the immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association Presidential Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. Mr. Brown is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy and torts at the Louisiana State University Law Center and is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana, and American Bar Associations. He serves as Vice Chair of the Advisory Council for the LSU Honors College. Mr. Brown received his B.A. degree, summa cum laude and valedictorian, from Louisiana State University in 1981. He received his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1984. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 44 of the Louisiana Law Review and as law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, Circuit Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984-1985. He and his wife of 37 years, Kelly, have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Nominated to the ERB by the University of New Orleans, Mr. Brown’s term expired June 30, 2019, but he continues to serve until replaced.
2013-07-11 Appointment of James Brown

Elizabeth Livingston de Calderon

Elizabeth Livingston de Calderon, J.D.
Board Secretary
Faculty, Clinical Instructor, and Supervising Attorney
Tulane Law School, Tulane University

Elizabeth Livingston de Calderon is a member of the faculty at Tulane Law School, where she has supervised students in federal and state courts and agencies as part of the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic since 2006. Through the Clinic, she has accumulated extensive litigation experience under the Clean Water Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act while representing non-profit and public interest organizations, as well as indigent individuals. She has also successfully engaged in federal litigation under the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Endangered Species Act. In state proceedings, Ms. Calderon’s practice centers on the Louisiana Environmental Quality Act and its supporting regulations. Before public interest and environmental law, Ms. Calderon practiced commercial bankruptcy law—first in New York City and then in Detroit. She graduated magna cum laude from Tulane Law School, was Associate Editor of the Tulane Law Review, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Classical Languages.

Nominated to the ERB by Tulane University, Ms. Calderon’s term will expire June 30, 2023.
2017-07-13 Appointment of Elizabeth L. de Calderon

Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D.


Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D.
Board Member
Professor and Special Assistant to the President
Loyola University New Orleans

Dr. Michael A. Cowan is a psychologist and theologian. On the faculty of Loyola University since 1990, he also served as assistant to the president. He was co-founder of the Jeremiah Group, an interracial and interfaith community organization, and Shades of Praise, the New Orleans interracial gospel choir. After Hurricane Katrina, he served as chief of staff of the Government Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee of the bring New Orleans Back Commission, and subsequently founded Common Good, a network of civil society organizations to build multiracial consensus on the rebuilding of New Orleans. He served on the Human Relations Commission of the City of New Orleans from 2001-2008, and chaired the commission from 2002-2008. He is a visiting fellow of Harris Manchester College in Oxford University.

Dr. Cowan is a nominee of Loyola University; his term will expire June 30, 2022.
2015-09-03 Appointment of Michael A. Cowan

Monique Gougisha Doucette

Monique Gougisha Doucette
Board Member
Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

Ms. Doucette is a shareholder of the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in New Orleans. She pactices primarily in the area of employment litigation and represents management in claims arising under various federal and state employment laws. Ms. Doucette has significant experience litigating employment matters in a variety of business sectors such as construction, energy, banking and hospitality. She also has expertise in workplace misconduct and sexual harassment issues. Ms. Doucette regularly conducts customized workplace respect and anti-harassment training for employers.

Ms. Doucette is a frequent speaker on various employment law topics and contributing author to publications such as the Louisiana Bar Journal, New Orleans CityBusiness and HR Magazine. She is also an avid supporter of the local arts and education in New Orleans by serving on the executive board of directors for the New Orleans Ballet Association and the Arts Council of New Orleans, as well as the board of directors for Urban League of Louisiana and the advisory board for the New Orleans Opera Association. She is a member of the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the American Inns of Court and serves as a co-chair on the ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee’s Diversity Initiative Task Force. In 2018, Ms. Doucette was appointed to the board of directors of the New Orleans chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) as the board attorney.

Ms. Doucette is a nominee of Xavier University and was appointed on August 8, 2019.

Joe M. Ricks, Jr., Ph.D.


Joe M. Ricks, Jr., Ph.D.
Board Chair
Chair, Division of Business
J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales & Marketing
Xavier University of Louisiana

Dr. Joe M. Ricks, Jr., is the Chair of the Division of Business and the J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales & Marketing at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Ricks earned a Ph.D. in marketing with a minor in cognitive psychology from Louisiana State University, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University. Professionally, Dr. Ricks has published in Business and Society Review, the Journal of Selling and Major Account Management, the European Journal of Marketing, the journal Performance Improvement, the journal Industrial Market Management, the Journal of Consumer Marketing, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior. He has also been an editorial contributor to Data News Weekly, providing commentary on current issues relevant to the African American community. Dr. Ricks has been a visiting professor at Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency in New York in addition to the Corporate Customer Contact Center, Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, and the Sales Center of Excellence at 3M Company in St. Paul Minnesota. He has also served as a marketing intern coordinator for McIllhenny Company (Tabasco). Currently, he serves on the board of the Louisiana Quality Foundation that awards the Louisiana Performance Excellence Award based on the Malcolm Baldridge quality criteria. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Ricks’ experiences included retail management, state government, the United States Army, and the Louisiana National Guard. Dr. Ricks is married to Mrs. Dianne Way-Ricks and has one daughter Jaelynn Ricks.

Dr. Ricks is former Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s appointee; his term will expire June 30, 2020.
2013-07-11 Appointment of Joe M. Ricks, Jr.

Torin T. Sanders, Ph.D.

Rev. Dr. Torin T. Sanders, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Social Work
Southern University at New Orleans

Dr. Sanders serves on the faculty of Southern University and as pastor of The Sixth Baptist Church, founded in 1858. Dr. Sanders attended Howard University on a full, four-year academic scholarship. While at Howard, he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, and graduated magna cum laude. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in social work from Tulane University.

A believer in public service, Dr. Sanders currently serves as Chair of the New Orleans Council on Aging, Chair of the New Orleans Children & Youth Planning Board, and Co-Chair of the Childhood Trauma Task Force. In 2004, he was elected to the Orleans Parish School Board where he twice served as President. Dr. Sanders is the author of chapter five in Called to Sankofa: Leading in, through and beyond disaster. The chapter is entitled “Orleans Parish School Board Politics and Policy Post-Katrina”. In the nonprofit sector, Dr. Sanders has served as Vice-President Volunteers of America and as Program Coordinator at the Children’s Bureau.

Dr. Sanders is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Victims & Citizens against Crime, the National Association of Black Social Workers, Gambit 40 under 40, and from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, of which he is a proud member. He is married and the father of two adult sons.