The Idea Village team is made up of nuts and nut followers all committed to fostering positive change in New Orleans through entrepreneurship. We are passionate about what we do and love who we do it with.

Jon Atkinson

Chief Executive Officer View Bio

Ali Carlisle

Director of Marketing View Bio

Emily Egan

Director of Entrepreneur Services View Bio

Kat Milligan

Development and Administrative Manager View Bio

Audrey Voelker

Director of Development View Bio

Board of Directors

Our team captains, who represent some of the nation's most respected business and civic leaders, guide our efforts and elevate entrepreneurial activity in New Orleans.
  • Patrick Comer: Chairman

    Founder and CEO, Lucid

  • David Barksdale: Vice-Chairman

    Managing Director, Alluvian Capital

  • Lauren Baum

    Senior Marketing Director, Apartment List

  • Margaret Saer Beer

    Marketing Consultant

  • Kevin Clifford

    Chairman & CEO, American Funds Distributors

  • Steve "Sig" Greenebaum

    Festival Director, C3 Presents

  • Bill Hines

    Managing Partner, Jones Walker

  • Cathy Isaacson

    Director, Middle East Investment Initiative

  • Pres Kabacoff

    Executive Chairman of the Board, HRI Properties

  • Chris Laibe

    CEO, inFRONT

  • Merritt Lane

    President and CEO, Canal Barge Company, Inc.

  • Cooper Manning

    Principal, AJ Capital Partners

  • Ti Adelaide Martin

    Co-proprietor, Commander's Palace

  • Jen Medbery

    Founder, Kickboard

  • Amith Nagarajan

    Chairman, rasa.io

  • John Payne

    President and COO, VICI Properties

  • Matt Schwartz

    Principal, The Domain Companies

  • Michael J. Siegel

    President, Corporate Realty

  • Allen Square

    CEO, Square Button

  • Jose S. Suquet

    President and CEO, Pan-American Life Insurance Group

  • Warner Thomas

    CEO, Ochsner Health System

  • Marianne Van Meter

    Founder and Managing Director, Legacy Capital

  • N. Robbert Vorhoff

    Managing Director, Global Head of Healthcare, General Atlantic

  • Tim Williamson

    Co-founder, The Idea Village

Our Culture

1. No Assholes.
Even when tempted

2. Make the complex simple.
Less can be more.
Brevity is the soul of wit

3. Win the war, not each battle.
Always keep the big picture in mind
It's bigger than you

4. Be humble. Embrace humor.
Mistakes come both before and after success
Positive humor can disarm

5. Support & Empower Each Other.
Coach don't direct
Focus on how important it is to the other person, not just how important it is to you
Push each other to be better

6. Help out & Ask for Help.
Positive interactions
Small gives
Solve the other side's problem
Focus on the success of others

7. Surprise People & Allow Yourself to be Surprised.
Say thank you
Random acts of kindness
Enjoy the "moments"

8. Make the difference.
Be solution oriented

9. Life is about the people you meet.
Every new encounter is a new opportunity
Seek to learn – and to connect in a meaningful way

10. Trust Your Crazy Ideas.
Encourage others to try

Our Space

In 2017, we moved into Domain Companies' co-working space, The Shop at the CAC (Contemporary Arts Center) - the physical manifestation of the "village" originally conceived by The Idea Village to support entrepreneurship and innovation in the New Orleans community.

Chairman's Advisory Board

Our honorary advisory committee helps to champion entrepreneurship.
  • E. Tiffany Adler

    COO, Adler's

  • Taylor Beery

    Principal, Beery Advisors

  • Allen Bell

    Partner, TopSide + Co-founder, The Idea Village

  • Brian Bordainick

    Founder, Dinner Lab

  • Andre Champagne

    Founder, Hollywood Trucks

  • Kirk Coco

    Founder, NOLA Brewing Company

  • Daryn Dodson

    Calvert Funds

  • Joel Dondis

    Founder, Sucre

  • Sally Forman

    Author + Co-founder, The Idea Village

  • Erik Frank

    Founder, Your Nutrition Delivered

  • Sam Giberga

    Senior VP and General Counsel, Hornbeck Offshore Services + Co-founder, The Idea Village

  • Michael Gollner

    Managing Partner, Operating Capital Partners, LLP

  • David Guidry

    President and CEO, Guico Machine Works

  • Yvette Jones

    Executive VP of University Relations and Development, Tulane University

  • Sal LaMartina

    Founder, Big Easy Blends

  • Brent McCrossen

    Founder, Audiosocket

  • Suzanne Mestayer

    CEO, ThirtyNorth Investments

  • Stephen Perry

    CEO, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Kenneth Purcell

    CEO, iSeatz

  • Mark Romig

    CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation

  • David Sylvester

    Partner, Fitzgerald & Rhodes LLP

  • Jimmy Treuting

    CEO, Farm Dog, LLC

  • Robbie Vitrano

    Co-founder, Trumpet, Naked Pizza, and The Idea Village

  • Hugh Weber

    President of Business Operations, New Jersey Devils

  • Matthew Wisdom

    CEO, TurboSquid, Inc.