Mary MoranCo-founder and Leader of Our Voice Nuestra Voz New Orleans, LA Award Year: 2020
Mary Moran is a national leader on issues organizing and Black and Brown coalition-building. She is the co-founder and leader of Our Voice Nuestra Voz, an advocacy organization that builds power within Black and Brown communities in New Orleans. In 2016, she founded the #BlackandBrownGetDown, a movement to build coalitions, create a Black and Brown agenda, and win on shared issues. Mary has been recognized by 100 Black Men, The Links Incorporated, the NFL, the Alliance of Diversity and Excellence, and the Committee for a Better New Orleans for her commitment and excellence in leadership, strategy, and communications. As a political strategist and organizer, she has led campaigns that won the first-ever living wage campaign in the state of Louisiana. In 2018, she help win statewide legislation that keeps school districts transparent and accountable, and she fought for numerous policies that protect undocumented students, such as eliminating a discriminatory statewide policy that prevented undocumented students from playing high school sports. In addition to developing Our Voice, she also provides strategic and tactical development on issues and local political campaigns in Louisiana and hosts the #BlackAndBrownGetDown Podcast.