Lenora Costa, Secretary to the Board

Board Member Profile
Photos by Jessica Bachmann

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
-Julia Child


Lenora Costa serves as the Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Junior League of New Orleans. In this position, she manages the official record of the League year, including meeting agendas and minutes, functions as Parliamentarian at Board, Joint Council, and General Membership meetings, and provides guidance on and ensures adherence to the organization’s governance documents, which include Bylaws, Standing Rules, Policies and Procedures. Lenora’s attention to detail, strong organizational skills, patience and objectivity give her the capacity to be the Chair of the Standards Committee. She works with other members and staff to maintain membership information and address member requirements.

Having participated in committees on the Community, Communications and Membership Councils, Lenora has witnessed a wide array of JLNO’s operations since joining in 2010. Her two-year term with Kids in the Kitchen enabled her to educate children and families on healthy choices to fight obesity and poor nutrition. As JLNO’s Archivist, Lenora was integral in moving the organization’s records to the Louisiana Historical Center of the Louisiana State Museum at the U.S. Mint. This includes 90 years of scrapbooks, inactive financial books, yearbooks, commendations, photos and anything else that formed a part of JLNO’s history. Her most recent position as Corresponding Secretary gave her the opportunity to work closely with the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) and Leagues around the world with regard to our roster and members that were transferring between cities.

Lenora grew up in New Orleans, graduated from Louise S. McGehee School, and then moved Northeast to attend the University of Delaware. With her Bachelor of Arts degree in art conservation and minors in material culture and museum studies, she works as the Curator for Longue Vue House and Gardens, a historic estate with a world-class house museum and eight acres of gardens. At Longue Vue, Lenora is responsible for exhibits, maintaining the home, collection and archives, as well as working with the education department to develop programming.

With her husband Andrew Stout, an architect, Lenora lives Uptown, and the couple recently welcomed their first child, Henry. One of the most well-known Junior Leaguers inspires Lenora. Julia Child has always been one of her favorite people because she was never afraid to try new things and practice until she perfected them. Julia had a wonderful sense of self and wanted to make sure everyone she meet enjoyed life as much as she did.