"We need a strong voice and independent leadership if we are going to keep our city moving forward."
Kristin Gisleson Palmer is an independent problem solver who gets things done. Throughout her career – as a councilmember, business owner, and non-profit executive – she has been a tireless advocate for New Orleans with a record of making a difference.
As the mother of three daughters, Kristin knows the importance of safe streets and healthy communities. With over 20 years of experience in neighborhood revitalization, economic development and community organizing, she has developed and implemented innovative solutions for some of the most challenging issues confronting New Orleans. She is a leading champion of community-driven neighborhood planning and revitalization, smart growth, sustainable development, affordable housing and public transportation.
Kristin was widely praised for her no-nonsense and energetic efforts during her term as New Orleans City Councilmember, District “C” from 2010 to 2014. Among other achievements, she secured funding to train more police officers and put more patrols on the street; advocated for better parks, libraries, and playgrounds to keep kids safe; and expanded public transportation to connect the city’s neighborhoods and make jobs more accessible.
Kristin played a leading role in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. As Executive Director of Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Kristin developed one of the largest AmeriCorps and Vista programs and led over 10,000 volunteers to help rebuild Katrina-damaged homes. She developed an annual $6 million dollar rebuilding operation and leveraged over $7 million in public funding to create a model for long-term sustainability in our communities. She founded Confetti Kids, a non-profit that improves the quality of life of the children in Algiers Point through the renovation of parks and playgrounds, and was a founding board member of Evacuteer.org. In 2014, Kristin founded a housing construction and renovation company focused on reducing blight and promoting sustainability and smart growth in Algiers.
The daughter of a former federal prosecutor and a school teacher, and the second of eight children, Kristin was raised in New Orleans. She graduated from Ursuline Academy and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Louis University. She and her husband Bobby live in Algiers with their three daughters.