Board of Directors

 

Jon Renaudin speaks to audiences about helping New Orleanians help each other

Jon Renaudin, President

The Renaudin Foundation

I know life can be challenging.

Which is why I’m here to help.

Even when we are at our best – making good decisions, treating others fairly, taking care of our families and ourselves – the best path forward isn’t always clear. Add in a crisis or three, and things can get really murky.

My path has been rocky. I was lucky to be born to a family with successful businesses and resources. However, my choices were not always the right ones. With the help of Valley Forge Military Academy and the family I made there, I ultimately became a successful entrepreneur whose mission is to help my community in any way I can. Along the way, I became a father and learned the true meanings of responsibility and unconditional love.

Through The Renaudin Foundation, I hope to help individuals find the emotional, physical and financial assistance they need to thrive. I also seek to partner with others who have those same goals.

Graham Bosworth

Graham Bosworth, Treasurer

The Renaudin Foundation

Attorney Graham Bosworth knows what it’s like to both need and give help.

For the past 15 years, Graham has worked tirelessly for criminal justice. He has served alternately as a Public Defender in Jefferson Parish, Judge Pro Tempore in Orleans Parish, and as an attorney focusing on criminal trial practice and appeals. 

“I grew up in the Hollygrove-Dixon neighborhood of New Orleans where I saw first-hand the challenges many people face in their day-to-day lives. This experience shaped my professional choices and fueled my desire to join the Renaudin Foundation in getting help to people who need it most,” he said. 

In addition to his legal practice, Graham has worked to reduce incarceration rates and is a longtime volunteer with the Justice and Accountability Center and their “Clean Jacket” criminal conviction expungement program.

When not serving on criminal justice committees, Graham is quite active in the community. He has been President of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, serves on the Board of Directors of Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Broad Community Connections, among other involvements.

Graham Bosworth received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School earned his B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a proud graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans.

Vanessa Dueñas, Secretary

The Renaudin Foundation

As Executive Director of Renaudin Foundation, Vanessa works to connect people with the help they need in order to survive and thrive. She is also a visionary and liaison for corporations and individuals seeking to get resources to connect, getting donations and professional services into the hands of the people that need it most.

Her 16 years of experience in Business Development, Marketing and Compliance have taught her that ideas are great but execution is better. A global professional and traveler born in Colombia and educated in Mexico, Venezuela and France amongst others, Vanessa has seen first-hand how a little help goes a long way to improving the lives of people in need.

Before taking the helm of the Renaudin Foundation, Vanessa spent her professional years in the Washington D.C. area, most recently with Achieval Strategies, LLC. Previously she served as Chief Operations Officer and Consultant for several financial firms. A 2003 graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Vanessa majored in International Business and Operations Management.

Vanessa’s love for philanthropy started in high school in Caracas, Venezuela, where she volunteered at local orphanages, retirement homes, and animal shelters. She has seen the power of community and is committed to serving others.

“My mission is simple,” says Vanessa. “To help people advance and provide them with the tools and information they need to live their best lives possible.”

Find out how the Renaudin Foundation can help you or how you can help the foundation help others through Jon Renaudin’s “Get Help/Give Help” promise to the community.