Reconcile New Orleans Announces Kheri Billy as New Chief Executive Officer
May 1, 2023, NEW ORLEANS – Reconcile New Orleans has announced that Kheri Billy will serve as the nonprofit’s new Chief Executive Officer. Billy will continue to advance Reconcile’s mission of supporting young adults as they transform their lives through a holistic and personalized workforce development program with training experiences that prepare young people with the tools to achieve their potential.
As CEO, Billy will oversee the strategic direction of the organization’s programs, operations, and finances while promoting Reconcile’s culture and commitment to equity.
“With Kheri Billy as CEO, we are poised to impact the environment young adults in New Orleans experience by changing the narrative around how they are supported and perceived,” said Chris Ross, President of Reconcile’s Board of Directors. “Kheri brings proven leadership and comprehensive expertise that will allow Reconcile to continue to advance. Most importantly, Kheri is a native and daughter of this city. As the organization’s first-ever black and female leader, Kheri is driven and deeply committed to creating a future where young people can grow, live, and thrive in New Orleans. This is the heart of our work, and we are excited about our future under Kheri’s leadership.”
“I am honored to lead Reconcile alongside a progressive and inclusive team of champions who show up authentically for the young people Reconcile serves and young adults community-wide,” said Kheri Billy, Reconcile New Orleans CEO. “Together, we will set the standard for providing a safe space where young people are embraced and empowered to pursue their potential,” added Billy.
Billy most recently served as Reconcile’s Chief Financial Officer. Among the many contributions in her leadership role, Billy:
- transformed Reconcile’s cash position and fiscal operations,
- reimagined and implemented the organization’s first-ever retirement program with matching benefits,
- spearheaded equity-aligned salary restructuring for front-line servers who now receive above-market pay and benefit options,
- established and implemented a 360-review process for enhanced feedback of senior leaders,
- led the organization through significant management and structural changes during the uncertainty of the pandemic, and
- actively promoted equity in the workplace and championed a team culture of collaboration for staff and Reconcile’s Interns.
Previously, Billy worked in leadership roles at nonprofit organizations including De La Salle High School, DePaul Community Health Centers, and Second Harvest Food Bank.
She has previously served on the boards of Elan Academy Charter School, American Society of Women Accountants, and Dancing Grounds New Orleans. Billy is currently involved at Delgado Community College as an accounting advisory committee member and a member of NOLA Public Schools Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council.
To learn more about Reconcile New Orleans, visit www.cafereconcile.org.
About Reconcile New Orleans
Reconcile New Orleans has supported more than 2,000 young people since opening in 2000. The program aims to support 120 new Interns each year — young people ages 16-24 who seek employment and educational opportunities or both. Reconcile’s free, earn and learn Workforce Development Program focuses on a holistic, person-centered model, addressing barriers to success, such as homelessness and untreated trauma, while teaching culinary and professional skills necessary to gain and sustain employment in hospitality or other industry pathways. To learn more, visit www.cafereconcile.org.