Keith Twitchell President
Committee for a Better New Orleans


Born in New York City and raised in nearby Connecticut, Keith Twitchell moved to New Orleans in 1979. Keith concluded a series of marketing firm positions by serving as Creative Director for Shelley Berman Communicators.

In 1982, he launched his own company, Pendragon Promotions, a business communications firm. In that capacity he has written and produced a wide variety of communications for a diverse group of clients. Beginning in the mid-1990s, he became involved in a number of urban planning projects, including the Brownfields Initiative and the City of New Orleans Land Use Plan, Master Plan and Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

He served as a consultant for the Committee for a Better New Orleans beginning in July 2000 before accepting a full-time position in March 2002; he became president of the organization in June 2004. He is responsible for project management, organizational leadership and fundraising/finances, and developed key CBNO programs such as the Community Participation Program and the Asset-Building-Based Employee Benefits Model. He also played lead roles in establishing the Orleans Public Education Network and the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative, and oversees the annual Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum.

Keith is a former Captain of Krewe du Vieux, a state-ranked tennis player and an award-winning writer, and has served on a variety of organization boards. He received a YLC Role Model award in 2014 and the Urban Conservancy’s Urban Hero award in 2016. He earned his B.A. from Washington College and his M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and is a member of the ODK National Leadership Honor Society. His other interests include travel, the ancient world, fossils and minerals, music, cetacean research, and people.


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