“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”
– Max Lucado
Tomoro Wilson is ensuring meaningful volunteer experiences for 2,100 women as the Membership Council Director for the Junior League of New Orleans Board of Directors. This role enables Tomoro to utilize her cultivated relationship building and communications skills to develop members to their greatest potential. In addition to supporting membership morale and recognition, she oversees the committees that design leadership and training opportunities, which often entails providing a forum for discussion and brainstorming of initiatives and policies related to member satisfaction. She relays information and makes strategic planning suggestions to the Board in the areas of Provisional education, Active placement, Sustainer engagement, volunteer opportunities, retention, standards and training. Tomoro plans to focus on the core competencies while creating and implementing a goal-driven atmosphere where inclusion lives and breathes. Her hope is for every woman within JLNO to be confident knowing the organization has a place for everyone and that each member can have a fulfilling, life-changing experience.
Since joining JLNO in 2011, Tomoro has primarily held leadership positions on the Membership Council as Provisional Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Chair and Esprit Vice-Chair. She was drawn to the Junior League to help others. After living away from New Orleans for seven years, she would often come home and wonder where the heart of the city’s people was. She decided if she ever moved back, she would want to affiliate herself with an organization that focused on helping the community. Thankfully, a good friend of hers who was already in JLNO encouraged her to join. Tomoro appreciates how the League continues to promote voluntarism while developing empowered leaders and simultaneously evolving with the needs of the community. Through that initiative and JLNO’s numerous training opportunities, she’s learned how to mobilize a group of women to accomplish a task.
Having studied at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) and University of Houston, Tomoro has combined her degrees in public administration and paralegal studies to be a Specialist/Senior Paralegal. She started in the legal field because of her love of legal research. That journey led her to opportunities that enabled her to reach out to others through voluntarism and working with local nonprofit agencies. She now helps others full-time by conducting extensive case work reviews to determine citizenship, entitlement and identity. Her volunteer activities are just as much of a vocation for her. Outside Junior League, Tomoro has served as the President of SUNO’s Phi Beta Lambda Professional Business Association, Pro-Bono/Marketing Chair of New Orleans Paralegal Association and Vice President of Public Administration Organization. She is also involved in such committees as Audubon Institute, The Pro Bono Project, American Cancer Society, Legal Aid Bureau and Fulfilling the Gospel Ministries International. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and was a 2008 March of Dimes “Spotlight on Success” honoree.
The culture of New Orleans is what Tomoro enjoys most about her city. As a resident of the Westbank, she loves finding time to engage in the art, music and festival scene, and she appreciates the southern hospitality the city is know for across the world. Tomoro immerses herself in this culture by being an active member in two Carnival krewes — the Krewe of Nyx and the Krewe of Nefertiti. She’s also a proud member of the Who Dat Nation as a season ticket holder for the New Orleans Saints. She even bears the esteemed title of “Saints Woman” and is one of the super fans found at all home games, donning her light-up sound activated eyelashes and signature cape.
Tomoro appreciates the strong sense of family New Orleans embodies. She is the proud mother of 20 year old, Treysur “Trey” Christian Stevens, who is currently majoring in Behavioral Psychology and minoring in Culinary Arts. She’s also inspired by the women in her family. Her sister has proven she is able to excel exponentially in her male-dominated career industry. Even under this challenge, she manages to stay humble and in tune with those around her. She always finds opportunities to help others and pull the best out of them. Her mother taught Tomoro to see the best in others and work for their best outcome. She has always believed in justice, fairness and making continuous sacrifices so others can accomplish their goals.