Board of Directors

BridgetBridget Smith

Bridget manages the Service Learning program and the Public Service Fellows program.  Prior to CPS, Bridget worked with disaster recovery agencies assisting displaced families post-Katrina. She holds an MPH in Global Health Systems and Development from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Latin American Studies from UCLA.  Bridget has spent time teaching in East Africa, traveling throughout Latin America, volunteering locally as a medical interpreter and HIV/AIDS educator, and on the board of Louisiana Latino Health Coalition.

Charlotte TraviesoCharlotte Travieso

Charlotte received her Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Newcomb College of Tulane University and her Masters from American University. She spent 12 years of her career at Tulane University where she served as the Executive Director of the Alumni Affairs. Charlotte has expertise in program development, community outreach, public speaking, leadership and strategic planning. Recently retired, Charlotte has been enjoying the time she has to travel and sing with Shades of Praise, an Interracial Community Gospel Choir. Charlotte is also on the Board for Louise S. McGehee School and is a riding member of Muses.

Matt DouzartMatt Douzart

Leader, strategist, and problem solver with a passion for small teams that make a BIG impact. Utilizing a broad skill-set accumulated by working in a variety of sectors and settings, Matt is passionate about helping great ideas and products realize and express their full potential. Formerly the Executive Director of the Himalayan Institute, Matt has led executive leadership through a corporate re-structuring for a diverse non-profit that offers yoga, meditation, and natural wellness education, book/magazine publishing, natural health product manufacturing, and humanitarian projects in Africa, India, and Mexico.

Sydney Gray Sydney and Rose

Raised in the Sacramento Valley, Sydney caught the travel bug early in life. This passion expressed itself while she studied at UC Berkeley through her studies of the infectious diseases. After moving to New Orleans to continue gaining experience working with non-profits, Sydney had the opportunity to travel to Africa for the first time as a Fellow with San Francisco based Mama Hope. After helping build a water project, she came back to New Orleans intent on building her own organization to connect the dreamers of New Orleans to the inspiring women she grew to know and love in Kenya.

brian birdBrian Manning

Brian grew up in a very mobile family affording him the chance to experience life in many wonderful communities. It shouldn’t be surprising that from that emerged a talent for communicating. From a young age this talent, combined with a passion for service, has led to a track running from Native American reservations, to communities in Oakland, and now the beautiful city of New Orleans. Working as the Director of Operations, Brian is bringing to bear many years of experience managing programs and companies of every size.


Advisory Board

Kevin Morgan-Rothschild – Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer | VertiFarms
Sophia Omoro MD, PhD – Founder | Blooming Lily Foundation – President | Od Aomo
Festus Onunga – Co-Founder and Board of Directors | Wandiege Water Company
Siddhartha Padmanhaba MD
Laura Patterson – Executive Director | Make Music NOLA
Thomas Veazey – Program Director, International Programs Specialist
Jane Wilbert – Certified Public Accountant