Board Member, Vice President
Shelene Roumillat is a historian who specializes in the history of the U.S. South with a focus on African American, urban, and Louisiana history. She is currently completing a dissertation on the social and cultural history of the Battle of New Orleans and will receive her Ph.D. from Tulane University in the Summer of 2013. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Shelene moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane in 2001 and instantly developed an intense passion for the city. Shelene’s knowledge of the historical evolution of New Orleans gives her a unique perspective on the challenges that the city faces today. Formerly a resident of the Lower Garden District, Shelene now resides in the Central Business District with her husband and two children.
In addition to her academic interests, Shelene is a founding member of a popular all-female performance and parading group, which has engaged in fundraising and outreach initiatives for other local organizations for the past ten years. She is an advocate of steering the passion of New Orleans parading culture towards serving the needs of otherwise underserved community programs and initiatives. As an avid and talented costume designer, Shelene is especially thankful that New Orleans is the type of city where she can accomplish these goals while wearing feathers and sequins.