A middle-aged woman with light brown neck-length hair, wearing a blue-grey blazer with white and black striped trim on the collar, standing in front of the corner of a house.

Sarah Newell Usdin

Job Title
Board Member, Orleans Parish School Board
Corps Year: 
Corps Region: 
South Louisiana
Alumni Region: 
Greater New Orleans–Louisiana Delta
Peter Jennings Award

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.