Louise Martin, President
Louise was born and raised in New Orleans. A graduate of Smith College, she received her master’s degree in history from Tulane University. She is active in urban planning and historic preservation projects, as well as education programs. In recent years, she has spearheaded many local revitalization projects, including: installation of the Enrique Alferez sculpture of Sophie Wright in Pocket Park at Magazine Street and Sophie Wright Place; conceiving and bringing to fruition the erection of a Catholic chapel on Jackson Avenue in the Garden District, known as St. Mary’s Bon Secours Chapel; and purchasing and remodeling numerous historic buildings along lower Magazine Street and elsewhere in the City.
Louise helped establish, and serves as president of, Felicity Development, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that has revived the neighborhood in the 36-block area on the lake side of St. Charles Avenue between Jackson Avenue and the Pontchartrain Expressway, by purchasing neglected buildings, improving them, and selling them to new residents. She served on the Garden District Association Board of Directors for six years and was a guiding force in zoning and architectural preservation during her term and since that time.