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Jade Brown-Russell, 39, is a proud native of New Orleans. She is Principal of JD Russell Consulting, LLC, a full service consulting firm focusing on regulatory compliance, legal counsel, corporate turnaround/workout services and governmental relations. She began her professional career at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Illinois, where she gained experience in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, corporate governance and securities related transactions. Jade previously served as Regional General Counsel at Caesars Entertainment, where she addressed litigation, gaming, corporate and regulatory and compliance issues for the company’s properties in Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio.
In November 2017, the City of New Orleans tapped Jade to serve as General Counsel for the City's Sewerage and Water Board following city-wide flooding that prompted a mass exit of the utility's executive leadership. Similarly, in 2016, the City engaged Jade as Interim Executive Director of the French Market Corporation where she provided key turnaround services for the quasi-governmental agency, managing an $11 million budget and overseeing operations of the City-owned commercial and residential properties.Jade is a registered lobbyist providing local, legislative and executive level lobbying services to public and private entities. She also serves as a consultant to several public and private agencies on strategic planning, diversity, inclusion, policy development and other business solutions, including the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District and the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.