“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Kristen Cocke Koppel begins a two-year period on Junior League of New Orleans Board of Directors as the President-Elect. During her first year (2016-2017), she assists the President in her duties as Chief Executive Officer of the JLNO and will assume those responsibilities if the President is unable to serve during the course of her term. Kristen will become JLNO’s President for the 2017-2018 League year that begins June 1, 2017. As a training organization, JLNO ensures its leaders properly understand their responsibilities and what actions they can take to improve its operations and make a greater impact in the community. The President-Elect year is an extraordinary opportunity for Kristen to learn JLNO’s governance documents, policies, procedures and best practices, and then take up the mantle of previous leaders to ensure a sustainable and impactful future. Kristen’s kindness, vibrancy and diligence motivate her and those around her to collaborate and accomplish remarkable goals.

As a member for over 10 years, most of Kristen’s JLNO experience has been on the Community and Planning and Development Councils. She most recently served on the Board as the Communications Council Director, where she oversaw the organization’s communications, including publications, public relations, advertising, social media and archives. She has taken the training aspect of JLNO’s mission to heart and has focused her efforts on learning how a nonprofit operates and how it can best improve the community.

The placements that have allowed her to learn the most about JLNO as a whole were Project Evaluation Chair, Project Development Chair and Fundraiser Evaluation and Steering Chair. These provided valuable feedback to the Board but also allowed members to give their input on the current and future projects. She enjoys helping JLNO constantly evolve with new ideas and bringing members together.

Kristen has developed her professional career through positions that require an attention to detail, exceptional listening skills and expert client service. After graduating from College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management, Kristen gained hospitality, recruiting and academic experience. She currently manages rental property and works as a real estate agent for Valmont Realtors. In addition to her career and service to JLNO, Kristen also volunteers for nonprofits whose missions are to help and educate children. This includes the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Children’s Hospital, Hermann-Grima, Longue Vue House and Gardens, and her children’s schools, Lusher Elementary and Les Enfants at Trinity Episcopal School.

Originally from Fairhope, Alabama, Kristen now resides in Uptown New Orleans with her husband, Woody Koppel, a real estate developer, and their three children: George (9), Elizabeth “Bitsy” (7), and Charlotte (3). She gains inspiration to be a better mother, wife, friend and volunteer from her parents’ unconditional love and support.

Kristen Cocke Koppel, President-Elect