Meet Our Team

Mary Moran

Mary Moran

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Mary Moran is a national leader on issues organizing and Black and Brown coalition building. Mary is recognized by 100 Black Men, The Links Incorporated, the NFL, Alliance of Diversity and Excellence, the Committee for a Better New Orleans, and others for her commitment and excellence in leadership, strategy, and communications. Mary’s ultimate commitment is to the freedom of Black and Brown people. She is the co-founder of, and currently leads, Our Voice Nuestra Voz (OVNV), an issues organizing effort in New Orleans.

As a political strategist and organizer, she has led campaigns that won the first ever living wage campaign in the state of Louisiana–and the entire South– in 2018, won statewide legislation that keep school districts transparent and accountable, and fought for numerous policies that protect undocumented students, such as securing a sanctuary school district in Orleans Parish in 2017 and eliminating a discriminatory statewide policy that prevented undocumented students from playing high school sports in 2019.

Mary was a fall 2016 Pahara Next-Gen fellow. In that same year, she founded the #BlackandBrownGetDown, a movement created to build coalition, create a Black and Brown agenda, and win on shared issues. In 2018, she was appointed by Mayor Latoya Cantell to the New Orleans Public Library Board. She also serves on the boards of Broad Community Connection and IDEA Public Schools.

Mary has also participated in a number of international research and organizing efforts. She served as a fellow and organized youth within the Navajo Nation. Mary was a scholar activist in Jamaica and later organized a micro financing circle with street vendors in Tanzania. She also studied in Cuba informing a comparative analysis of the education systems in Cuba and the United States.

Taylor Castillo

Program Director

Taylor Castillo

Taylor was raised in the DC metro area. After graduating the University of Delaware, he worked with a number of start-ups and nonprofits in order to grow their reach and potential. Through his work with nonprofits, he discovered a passion for creating positive change for people and communities. Thankful for the education he received, he now fights so that everyone has the opportunity to a great education. Also an avid musician, when he isn’t working you will find him DJing at local clubs and writing/producing original music.

Chris Logan

Lead Organizer

Chris Logan

Chris was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has a certification in middle school math and taught low-income students in Kansas City, MO for three years. After this, he sought to do more community work as both a pastor in the local church and as a leader in community organizations. His work includes working on the Fight for 15 and union in Kansas City, passing a Community Benefits Agreement at the municipal level, and leading a campaign to redirect county funds from the industrial prison complex to anti-recidivism efforts in Sacramento county. As a recipient of both low and high-quality education from public schools, he is passionate about ensuring an equal opportunity to education to all people, regardless of race, immigration status, or language of preference. This will be the focus of his work as he leads the organizing team at Our Voice Nuestra Voz.

Laura Venegas

Organizer

Laura Venegas

Laura was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras where she graduated university and explored her love for video production. She believes education is the first step in creating a strong community. Joining Our Voice Nuestra Voz early on , Laura helped build the base that now provides that backbone of our power and actions. Her hobbies include enjoying Japanese animation, learning about New Orleans history and spoiling her cat.

Rochelle Odon

Special Projects Coordinator

Rochelle Odon

Rochelle was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She first came to New Orleans as a student at Xavier University of LA. After graduating from Xavier, she left the city but returned nearly a decade later as a high school teacher. As a teacher, she developed a passion for teaching traditionally underserved and marginalized populations, and she brings that same energy and passion to OVNV. When not working, Rochelle likes traveling to new and diverse regions of the world.

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