Kristin Gisleson Palmer Announces Run for New Orleans City Council, District “C”
For Immediate Release
NEW ORLEANS – Kristin Gisleson Palmer announced today that she is running for New Orleans City Council, District “C,” promising to be a strong and independent voice who will put public safety first.
“New Orleans has taken significant strides forward, but that progress needs to be shared by all of our neighborhoods, not just a few,” said Gisleson Palmer. “Our city today continues to face critical challenges including crime, public safety, jobs, economic development, housing affordability, and a crumbling infrastructure. New Orleans needs strong and independent leadership to challenge the status quo and find solutions to these issues. Innovation needs to happen, and it needs to happen quickly.”
“After three years of revitalizing Algiers and fighting blight, I am asking District “C” to send me back to City Hall,” said Gisleson Palmer. “Too many of my hard-fought legislative achievements from my time as councilmember have stalled. I’ve spent my whole life getting things done for the good of the city – and we need a City Hall that gets things done. My record as a business owner, non-profit executive, and councilmember speaks for itself.”
Gisleson Palmer was widely praised for her no-nonsense and energetic efforts 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.
Gisleson Palmer played a leading role in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. As Executive Director of Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Gisleson Palmer 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, Gisleson Palmer founded a housing construction and renovation company focused on reducing blight and promoting sustainability and smart growth in Algiers.
“After decades of working in community development and neighborhood revitalization, I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work. Today, too many neighborhoods and too many New Orleanians are being ignored,” Gisleson Palmer continued. “Our politicians and the local political system are not working for all of our citizens and neighborhoods. Everyone deserves to live in a safe neighborhood, and every neighborhood deserves a strong and independent voice in City Hall. Now more than ever, I need to be in City Council fighting for a brighter future for ALL of New Orleans.”
The daughter of a former federal prosecutor and a school teacher, and the second of eight children, Gisleson Palmer 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.