Urban Heroes

Urban Heroes is the Urban Conservancy's annual celebration, highlighting individuals who have been instrumental in shaping our vision for a vibrant and resilient New Orleans.

We’ve been honoring our Urban Heroes since 2011.

 

Chuck Morse, Dana Eness, Carol Bebelle, Paul Soniat, Leonetta Terrell, Leah Chase 

Each year the Urban Conservancy honors individuals who represent our Core Values and who have been instrumental in shaping our vision for a vibrant and resilient New Orleans.

Our Urban Heroes Celebration highlights our progress as an organization and as a community to promote equitable access to our city’s and our region’s rich economic, environmental, and cultural assets.


What makes an Urban Hero?

Hero (n)- a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal

The Urban Conservancy is just one organization. We recognize that our work is only possible in collaboration with others. We need partnership with and inspiration from community members. People who, by doing what they do, move our mission forward; people who are great connectors between major city projects and efforts at the neighborhood level, and who are tangibly pushing toward our common goal of a New Orleans that is here for good. These are our Urban Heroes. Every year, the Urban Conservancy honors three New Orleanians that go above and beyond the average and do exceptional things for our city.


Look for our Heroes’ bike racks around town!

You can find them in front of the Urban League, Circle Food Store, the Lafitte Greenway, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, St. Peter Claver church,  Del Fuego, Bywater Art Lofts, Finn McCools, Ms. Mae’s, City Hall, Nola Locavores/Saturn Printing, NORA, McDonough 35, Massey’s, Broadmoor Improvement Association, and Thrive New Orleans.


Have someone you’d like to nominate? Check out the Take Action! Tab.
Interested in sponsoring our Urban Heroes celebration? Learn more.
Find a list of our past Urban Heroes on the Resources Tab.

Update 6

Dec 2019

2020 Urban Heroes

We are thrilled to recognize the contributions of five individuals at our Urban Heroes awards luncheon on Friday, March 6th.

Joseph O. Evans III | The Honorable Calvin Johnson | Phyllis Jordan | Jenga Mwendo | Bivian “Sonny” Lee, III

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Update 5

Oct 2019

It’s that time of year again! We’re now accepting Urban Hero 2020 nominations!

Every year, the Urban Conservancy honors three New Orleanians that go above and beyond and do exceptional things for our city. We believe an Urban Hero is someone who is tangibly pushing toward our common goal of a New Orleans that is here for good. Someone who presents themselves as a great model for how to build, connect, and nourish our communities. Fill out the form on this webpage to nominate your hero!

Deadline: Thursday, November 7

Update 4

Feb 2019

You can check out photos from our 2019 Urban Heroes celebration is this nola.com feature!

Update 3

Dec 2018

 2019 Honorees

We are thrilled to recognize the contributions of the following individuals at our Urban Heroes luncheon on February 15th. All five honorees will be recognized, and our 2019 Urban Hero will be announced at the luncheon.

Carol Bebelle | Chuck Morse | Leah Chase | Leonetta Terrell | Paul Soniat

Check back soon for details about our five honorees.

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Update 2

Oct 2018

Urban Heroes 2019 nominations are open! The deadline to nominate an Urban Hero is Thursday, November 15th.

Nominate someone here! 

Update 1

Nov 2016

On November 5, the Urban Conservancy recognized its Urban Heroes honorees at its annual celebration. Read more in the Mid-City Messenger.

Urban Heroes 2020

Joseph O. Evans III, Principal/Partner, Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture
The Honorable Calvin Johnson,
retired Chief Judge of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
Phyllis Jordan, Founder, PJ’s Coffee & Tea Company
Bivian “Sonny” Lee, III,
Founder and CEO, Son of a Saint
Jenga Mwendo,
Director of Backyard Gardeners Network, former Deputy Director of Crescent City Community Land Trust

Learn more about our heroes here.

Past Urban Heroes

Urban Heroes 2019

Hero, Chuck Morse, Executive Director, Thrive NOLA

Honorees
Carol Bebelle,
Co Founder & Executive Director, Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Leah Chase,
Executive Chef, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant
Paul Soniat, Director, New Orleans Botanical Garden
Leonetta Terrell, 
Community Advocate, Friends of the Lafitte Greenway

Learn more about our honorees here.

Photos


Urban Heroes 2016

Andreanecia Morris, Executive Director, HousingNOLA
Keith Twitchell, President, Committee for a Better New Orleans
Leora Madden, Owner, Pearl Wine Co.

With Phyllis Cassidy, Founder of Good Work Network receiving an Above and Beyond Award.

Learn more about our Heroes here.

Photos


Urban Heroes 2015
Flozell Daniels, Jr., CEO & President, Foundation for Louisiana
Jay Nix, Owner, Parkway Bakery and Tavern
Prisca Weems, Stormwater Manager, City of New Orleans

Photos


Urban Heroes 2014
Dwayne Boudreaux of Circle Food Store
Bart Everson of Friends of Lafitte Corridor
Lee Stafford of New Orleans Eat Local Challenge.

Photos


Urban Heroes 2013
David Waggonner
Katrina Brees
Emelda Paul

Photos


Urban Heroes 2012

Massey’s Professional Outfitters
Broadmoor Improvement Association


Urban Heroes 2011

UC Cofounders: Ed Melendez, Geoff Coats
Bike-Ped Goddess: Jennifer Ruley

 

Urban Heroes

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Who inspired you in 2019?

Each year, the Urban Conservancy honors individuals who represent our Core Values and who have been instrumental in shaping our vision for a vibrant and resilient New Orleans.  Please help us identify those special individuals whose work is taking innovative approaches to making New Orleans a thriving city. 

Learn more about what makes an Urban Hero here!
Find a list of our past Urban Heroes on the Resources Tab.
Interested in sponsoring our Urban Heroes celebration? Learn more.


2020 Nomination Deadline: Thursday, November 7th