About Us

In 1970, the Foundation was set up as the nonprofit owner of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Jazz Fest – with a mission to sow the seeds of our unique culture for generations to come.

In the early days, the festival wasn’t the world-famous event that it is today – one that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to New Orleans and pumps $350 million a year into the local economy. It is often said that at the first Jazz Fest there were more performers onstage than people in the audience. But the founders believed that Jazz Fest would one day grow into a major success. Everyone involved wanted to make sure that the festival’s proceeds would be redistributed into the local community. To that end, the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established with the following mission:

“The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. promotes, preserves, perpetuates and encourages the music, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities.”

In service of this mission, the Foundation has developed numerous programs and assets. Click here to learn more about them, and here to contribute to the Foundation’s efforts. The Jazz & Heritage Foundation has a dedicated full-time staff to carry out the work of the organization. 

Photo by J.R. Thomason

Board Officers

Jeffrey Goldring

Jeffrey Goldring, President

Jeffrey Goldring is a Director of the Sazerac Company, America's largest distiller of alcoholic beverages, which owns and manufactures nearly 200 brands of spirits sold throughout the United States and abroad. He is also a Director of Crescent Crown Distributing, the nation's second-largest beer wholesaler. Jeffrey is the fourth generation to lead the family business, which was started by his great-grandfather, Newman Goldring, in Pensacola, FL, in 1898. A New Orleans native, Jeffrey holds a B.S. in business administration from Tulane University and is a graduate of Isidore Newman High School. In keeping with his family's longstanding leading role in the civic and philanthropic life of New Orleans, Jeffrey serves the boards of many local nonprofits. In addition to those of the Goldring Family Foundation, the Woldenburg Family Foundation and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Jeffrey also is on the boards of the Tipitina's Foundation, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the New Orleans Jewish Federation, Temple Sinai, the Anti-Defamation League and KIPP Charter Schools. Jeffrey is married and has one child.

David Francis

David Francis, First Vice President

New Orleans native David Francis is the executive vice president and associate publisher of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. He has worked for NOLA Media Group and its predecessor, The Times-Picayune, for more than 18 years. During his tenure, the paper has won four Pulitzer Prizes, the first in its 176-year history, and most recently NMG has received national recognition for “Louisiana Purchased” the joint investigation by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and New Orleans Fox network affiliate WVUE into the state's campaign finance practices. The investigation won a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association, the national Peabody and Headliner Awards, as well as three regional Murrow Awards. Prior to joining The Times-Picayune, Francis served as a business planner with the Pepsi Cola Company, based in Denver, CO, where he developed strategic and annual operating plans. Before that he was the region's manager of financial operations and services, responsible for the Rocky Mountain area's accounting and auditing departments. Francis came to Pepsi from Deloitte & Touche, where he worked as an audit manager. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in business administration at Tulane University and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive status). In addition to the board membership of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, he is secretary of The Times-Picayune Doll and Toy Fund Board and is a member of the New Orleans Museum of Arts Director’s Council. He is a former president of the Louisiana Press Association, Louisiana Daily Newspaper Publishers Association and Children's Bureau of New Orleans. He has served on the boards of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and Board of Advisory for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Tara Carter Hernandez

Tara Carter Hernandez, Second Vice President

Tara is President of JCH Development, an urban real estate development company that converts underutilized real estate into “cool”, creative spaces. She has developed residential, multi-family, and commercial projects throughout Louisiana, and in Mississippi and Missouri. She is also actively involved in the local entrepreneurial start up community. Ms. Hernandez is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge MA with a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate Development and a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Finance. She has served on international and local boards and is currently very active in the local community and serves as Chair-Elect of Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO,Inc.), a Board member of the Idea Village, as well as a Commissioner of the PORT of New Orleans.

Rachel F. Cousin

Rachel F. Cousin, Secretary

Rachel Ferrouillet Cousin retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2013 after 35 years of employment. Of her 35 years, she spent 32 years in various management positions, with 27 years in the Sales and Marketing arenas. Since retiring, she fills her time traveling, spending time with her family and community volunteering. She presently serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts Diversity Gala, Eldercare Services and the Divorce Resource Center. She has worked with the Jazz & Heritage Foundation since 2011. A New Orleans native, Rachel attended St. Joseph Academy and Dominican College. She is married to Alan Cousin, with whom she shares four children and two grandchildren.

Sidney H. Cates IV

Sidney H. Cates IV, Treasurer

Judge Sidney H. Cates, IV has served as judge of Civil District Court, Division C, since September 2004. He was chosen by his colleagues to be Chief Judge of Orleans Parish Civil District Court for a two year term from January 2016 through December 2018.

Prior to his election, Judge Cates was a litigator for twenty-eight years, earning national recognition for his success as a trial and appellate advocate, particularly in products liability and statutory employment litigation. He has served and continues to serve on various community and educational boards.

Judge Cates served as a member of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation’s Advisory Council from 2012 to 2015, and has been a Foundation Board of Directors member since 2015. He has also been a WWOZ Board of Directors member since 2016 where he is currently the Vice Chair.

Judge Cates is an honors graduate of St. Augustine High School, Loyola University, and Loyola University Law School in New Orleans and has been a member of the Louisiana State Bar since 1976.

Board Members:

Candice Bates Anderson
Jay H. Banks
Gerald Billes
Cecil Blache
Skipper Bond
Sidney H. Cates IV, Treasurer
Rachel F. Cousin, Secretary
Richard F. Cortizas
David Francis, 1st Vice President
Jeffrey Goldring, President
Deborah D. Harkins
Tara Carter Hernandez, 2nd Vice President
Barbara Lacen Keller
David A. Kerstein
Ellen M. Lee
Brittany Major
Ronald P. McClain
Virginia Miller
Julie Wise Oreck
J.R. Pegues
Howard L. Rodgers III
Caryn Rodgers-Battiste
Katy Roubion
Leonard Smith III
Karen B. Solomon
Parker Robinson
David Torkanowsky

Advisory Council:

Bruce Barnes
Mark Boucree
Maple Gaines
Flozell Daniels, Jr.
Courtney Slatten Katzenstein
Monique Morial
Tulio Murillo
Matthew Parker
Greg Rattler
Tania Tetlow

Past Presidents Senate:

Michael G. Bagneris
Johann Bultman
Don T. Erwin
Sarah Allen Freeman
Marion Greenup
Nancy Marinovic
Demetric M. Mercadel
David W. Oestreicher II
Arthur Pulitzer
D. Joan Rhodes
William Rouselle
Anthony Ruda
Donna Santiago
Joel Sellers
Ronald J. Sholes
Kathleen Turner
Dan Williams
Roxy Wright

Honor Council:

Dorian Bennett
Sid Bhansali
James B. Borders IV
Michael J. Gourrier
Beverly Guillory-Andry
Douglas Hammel
Nadir Hasan
Barbara Herman
Henry Lacey
Gabou Mendy
Allison H. Peña
Rafael Perales
Penny Randolph-Biagas
Suzette Toledano
Steve Tujague


  • Sarita Carriere, Director of Finance and Human Resources
  • Derek Douget, Director of Music Education
  • Jason Doyle, Director of Operations and Technology
  • Khalid Hafiz, Production Manager
  • Peter Harris, Heritage School of Music Administrator
  • Shanna E. Hudson-Stowe, Development Associate
  • Rachel Lyons, Archivist
  • Don Marshall, Executive Director
  • Jarrod Remetich, Accountant
  • Robert Francis, Assistant Facilities Manager
  • Kia Robinson, Director of Programs, Marketing & Communications
  • Joe Stolarick, Digital Systems Lead
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.