Who We Are

New Orleans REP is an aspiring 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated toward performing research inspired by and accessible to the public. This two-way street of knowledge allows us to empower community members both in their daily lives, and in their work toward larger-scale progress. Our local meetings, programs, and community connections model act together to educate community members, while strengthening and expanding available services. Additionally, the portion of our project dedicated toward preparedness seeks to ensure residents of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana are equipped to face disaster and environmental challenges associated with our ever-changing planet. To read our mission statement, please click here. To learn about our staff, please see below (more to come!)


Bethany Billé Garfield
Founder/Executive Director


(Bethany’s in the middle)

Bethany moved to New Orleans in 2002 and began her education at Delgado Community College while working in a French Quarter restaurant. Thirteen years later she is pursuing a PhD focused on disaster science and management at Louisiana State University. Over the course of those years, Bethany performed numerous roles for nonprofits in the New Orleans area. She has also worked as a researcher along Louisiana’s southeast coast. Bethany believes that an informed public is an empowered public. In the decade since Katrina, it has been her dream to start a nonprofit such as New Orleans REP, and she is thrilled by the potential of this project. She currently resides in Uptown New Orleans where she enjoys eating shrimp po’boys, seeing music when she can, and hanging out with her two big mutts. If you would like to contact Bethany, please send her an email at bethany@neworleans-rep.org


For a list of our partner organizations, please click here.