Dear Friends of Jericho Road,

I am writing to say thank you for all your support over the last six years and to share some news with you. I am moving on from my job as Executive Director here at Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative. In fact, although I gave my notice in January, today is my last day. I have been accepted into the ‘City, Culture and Community’ Ph.D program here in New Orleans at Tulane University. I will focus on Urban Studies as I feel that the greatest opportunity in improving lives will be found in making our cities more productive, equitable and livable. It has been a privilege to be the founding Executive Director of such a wonderful and successful organization. I am proud of what we have accomplished and especially in the manner we did it – with integrity and informed passion. None of this would have been possible without your help.

Because we all share a passion, Jericho Road has become a leading neighborhood-based community developer working in a targeted area of Central City in New Orleans. We have worked to revitalize neighborhoods through an innovative three-pronged approach which includes:

  1. fostering the human capacity that can promote change through building resident leadership and neighborhood institutions;
  2. stabilizing and investing in targeted high-impact block faces through vacant property management and greening; and
  3. creating healthy, accessible and energy efficient affordable housing.

Since the organization’s founding in 2006, Jericho Road’s investment of more than $5 million in Central City has resulted in meaningful participation and leadership opportunities for residents; stewardship of the built environment; for-sale single-family housing that is within reach for the local population; and the promotion of previously undefined neighborhoods as new places to be seen and affirmed, with value created by a diverse group of renters and homeowners.

I have had the pleasure of working with many generous individuals as well as community-changing funders like Episcopal Relief & Development, Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Local Initiatives Support Coalition and parish communities across the country and right here in our own Episcopal Diocese.

The Board of Directors of Jericho Road has hired Nicole Barnes to become the new Executive Director. She began work on March 1, 2012 and has already added so much value to the Jericho Road team. Nicole is a seasoned veteran within the community development field and brings both passion and a deep understanding of the challenges of community revitalization. I ask that you reach out to her with an e-mail welcoming her to Jericho at


Brad Powers

JERICHO ROAD EPISCOPAL HOUSING INITIATIVE of New Orleans, founded in part by Episcopal Relief & Development, is a neighborhood-based nonprofit homebuilder that provides families with healthy and energy efficient affordable housing opportunities. We partner with neighborhood residents, organizations and businesses to create and maintain a stable and thriving community.

In consultation with Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Department of Occupational Therapy, Jericho Road is constructing homes that promote accessibility through Universal Design principles. Jericho Road is committed to building homes for a lifetime.

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