Al Grandoit is Boston born to Haitian immigrant parents. Al spent his first 6 years growing up in Port au Prince with family, and he’s lived in New Orleans for 15 years. Al is a cross-cultural expert, investigative expert, public policy mediator, host, content creator, and Haiti Commentator focused on history, culture, religion, policy, politics, activism, and current events, who is the managing director, chief investigator, and mediator of Brics & Wes, L3C.
Al is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in Political Science and minor in Public Administration, later pursuing his Master of Liberal Arts in Government at Harvard University. Al served on the New Orleans Independent Police Monitor’s police-citizen community mediation implementation committee and assisted in the training of its mediators and in program development. Al also served as the Interim Executive Director for Community Mediation Services NOLA. Al also served as Board Vice President and then as the Interim Board President for the National Slave Ship Museum.
Al recently served as Board President for the Haiti-New Orleans themed nonprofit organization-Krewe Du Kanaval. Al is also a Mardi Gras Indian, and he currently serves on the board for Twin Sisters Reunited, which promotes the connection between sister cities, Cap-Haitian and New Orleans. He has contributed to StoryCorps, WWOZ, WXPN, WBOK, 4WWL, WDSU6, NOA TV, OFFBEAT Magazine, WWNO, NOLA Homes Project 500, L’Union Suite, The Haitian American, and consultations include the Netflix documentary, The Pharmacist.