The New Orleans City Council voted today (Thursday, Jan. 28) to appoint Donna Glapion to serve as interim Councilmember At-Large for the remainder of former Councilmember Jason Williams’ term.
“This was a difficult choice, but at the end of the day, Donna Glapion hit all of the criteria I was looking for regarding commitment to serving the people of this city and understanding the tough job ahead,” said Councilwoman at-large Helena Moreno. “I am so proud that Donna has been appointed unanimously as the interim Councilmember. She is a dedicated community leader with experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and I’m confident that she will be a tremendous asset to the Council and the people of this city.”
Glapion has more than two decades of diverse experience in management across public and private sectors. The businesswoman, community, and civic leader reigned as Queen Zulu in 2017.
“My preparation began more than 25 years ago in the office of the Honorable Dorothy Mae Taylor, the first African American woman elected to the office of Councilperson-At-Large for the City of New Orleans. And, until today, the only to ever serve in this capacity,” said Glapion. “My past work, managing people, information, resources, and funds in private, corporate, and academic settings, along with my most recent work in direct service to children and families here in New Orleans and across the state has prepared me for both the legislative and constituent focuses of this work. I pledge 100 percent effort in service to the people of New Orleans.”
Glapion will be officially sworn in Friday, Jan. 29, in a private ceremony and will begin work immediately. She is not eligible to be a candidate for the At-Large seat in the fall.