In January 2013, Sarah Newell Usdin was sworn into her first term on the Orleans Parish School Board. She is the founder and past-CEO of New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an excellent public school education for every student in New Orleans. Previously, Sarah served as a partner with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), working to recruit, train, and alternatively certify thousands of high-quality public school teachers. She also served as Teach for America’s Executive Director in Louisiana.
After college, Sarah taught in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship and in Baton Rouge as a Teach for America corps member. Sarah majored in religion and German at Colgate University. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Louisiana State University. She is a 2012 recipient of the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership, a Fellow of The Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship, and a member of and moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Her favorite holiday of the year is the New Orleans Jazz Fest—she never misses a day.