Rachel D. Graham

Rachel is a 20-year veteran of the public relations, advertising and marketing industries.  Prior to joining NPN, she implemented communications strategies FOR two respected non-profit community development organizations in Central City New Orleans. In addition to her experience with some of the leading economic development organizations in the U.S., Rachel served in the administration of Houston Mayor Bill White and was integrally involved in day-to-day oversight of that city's 5,000-bed facility providing shelter and comprehensive resources for some of the last residents to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina and the catastrophic failure of New Orleans' levee system. A resident of the city's Bywater neighborhood, Rachel currently serves on the board of directors for the Crescent City Community Land Trust, a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission it is to secure long-term affordability by focusing on three critical facets of safe, prosperous neighborhoods – residential real estate, commercial real estate and vacant land.

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commented 2015-03-19 12:43:19 -0500
Hello Rachel,

Watermark Institute is hosting a fundraiser for our project in Algiers, WiFi Park, at Eiffel Society on April 1st. We are a small organization looking to make a big impression but we understand that it’ll take more than our effort alone. I would like to discuss the event more in detail and hope that we could take advantage of NPN’s resources for communication.

WiFi Park will be an outlet for residential engagement with relevant resources and necessary activities hosted by local artist. We have an incredible event planned and catalyst to help activate the vacant property, engage residents and grow our mission. It all begins April 1st.

Please contact me at your earliest. I’m looking forward to developing a mutually beneficial relationship. Thank you.
commented 2015-01-22 22:22:00 -0600
Hi Rachel,

My name is Chelsea Cunningham and I am with the 2014-2015 Loyola University New Orleans PRSSA Bateman team. I would love to speak with you regarding your HealthyNOLA program and the Trumpet.

The Bateman Case Study Competition is PRSSA’s premier national case study competition for public relations students, and gives students the opportunity to apply classroom education and internship experiences to create and implement a full public relations campaign.

Every year Loyola competes in the competition with other universities to create a mutually beneficial campaign for a client and the community. This year the client for the competition is a nonprofit called Home Matters, an affiliate of the National NeighborWorks Association, with the mission of raising awareness on the importance of home to both local and national communities.

Part of our research plan is to explore ways our team can disseminate one message to varying target audiences: baby boomers, young mothers and millennials. My team members and I are trying to gain better insight into the values of these audiences. We seek your advice on ways we can reach out to our target audiences and help them understand the importance of home. Most importantly how home affects health, education, success, public safety and the economy.

If you are in anyway interested, please get back with us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.
commented 2014-10-11 18:15:11 -0500


Introduction to Basic Spanish

Always wanted to learn basic Spanish skills? The Center for Immigrant Education of Louisiana will be conducting 4 workshops that will allow for an introduction to the Spanish language. Participants are required to register with a $10 fee.

Registration: online at www.cielonola.com

Workshop location: Propeller – 4035 Washington Avenue New Orleans, LA 70125

Monday, October 20th: 7 – 9PM

Basic Spanish Workshop

• Spanish vocabulary intro

• Basic question/command

• Colors

• Directionals

Thursday, October 24th: 7 – 9PM

Basic Medical Spanish Workshop

• Spanish vocabulary intro

• Basic question/command

• Body parts

• Directionals

Monday, October 27th: 7 – 9PM

Basic Spanish for Non-Profits Workshop

• Spanish vocabulary intro

• Basic question/command

• Demographic information

• Directionals

Wednesday, October 29th: 7 – 9PM

Basic Spanish for the Food Service Industry Workshop

• Spanish vocabulary intro

• Basic question/command

• Nouns

• Verbs

• Directionals

Employee language workplace training leads to:

• Lower employee turnover

• Easier recruitment

• Increased employee efficiency

CIELO’s mission is to help bridge the gap in communication with the native born and the growing immigrant communities in the Greater New Orleans area by providing English and Spanish language acquisition classes.

CIELO is a social enterprise that uses profits from its onsite, workplace language courses to fund low-cost adult education classes at non-profits in the Greater New Orleans Area.

CIELO’s founders have a combined 30 years of experience working with Latino immigrant populations in various capacities all over the United States. After witnessing firsthand the lack of communication and educational resources that are available to the English-speaking native-born, and Spanish-speaking immigrant populations in the GNO area. Existing language education agencies focus on teaching English to immigrants outside of, and unrelated to, their working lives. We believe that a more effective technique is to take the English classes to the workplace in order to better facilitate students’ schedules and tailor the lessons to real-life situations.

Employees who are able to effectively communicate and understand their duties are more likely to stay at the job, work more efficiently and refer their friends and family to work at the same place thereby eliminating / decreasing an employer’s need to recruit.

10 hours of language training leads to 6% productivity increase.

Media Contact: Samuel Rivera

504.267.9319 (day); 504.451.8729 (eve); info@cielonola.com

Center for Immigrant Education of Louisiana – CIELO

643 Magazine St Suite 301

New Orleans, LA 70130

504.267.9319; 504.355.0326 fax

Visit our web site: http://www.cielonola.com/.
commented 2014-09-02 11:35:27 -0500
Greetings from the University of New Orleans!

At the University of New Orleans, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership hopes to continue to work with local nonprofits through mutual beneficial collaborations that enrich opportunities for community growth and learning. On October 2, 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, we will be holding our annual UNO Service Fair. The Service Fair is a great opportunity for your organization to interact with University students. Through this interaction, we hope that the students find meaningful volunteer opportunities that will assist you in achieving your mission.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Service Fair Registration Form ( http://neworleans.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8vKnMkr7YluSEU5 ) and the Community Outreach Form online ( http://neworleans.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cHHeaVa8CwG1BU9 ) . Once your organization has registered, we will contact you with the logistics for the fair.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Christina Lott

Graduate Assistant for Community Service Initiatives