Board of Directors

Nash Crews

Nash Crews is the Chief of Strategic Advancement for Collegiate Academies. Nash is responsible for ensuring Collegiate has the resources to serve more scholars. She holds a Masters degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Furman University. Most recently, she was a senior consultant for Educate Now!. Nash previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Recovery School District. Prior to that, in 2007, she co-founded the Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University. Before moving to New Orleans, Nash was the Health and Education Legislative Assistant for Senator Mary Landrieu.

Leslie Jacobs

Leslie Jacobs is a former insurance executive who has been engaged in education reform for more than thirty years. A native of New Orleans, she began as a business partner with an elementary school, served as an elected member of the New Orleans School Board, and twelve years on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Leslie is considered the architect of Louisiana’s accountability reform, was instrumental in the creation the Recovery School District and has been very involved in efforts to build successful schools in New Orleans post-Katrina. Leslie is the former chairman of Greater New Orleans, Inc. and is the founder 504ward, an initiative focused on retaining young talent in New Orleans.

Scott Jacobs

Scott Jacobs spent the the majority of his career in the insurance and risk-management industry. He served for more than a decade as the chief administrative officer of Strategic Comp, a division of Great American Insurance Group. He also is a former executive vice president at Hibernia Rosenthal Insurance (now HUB International). He is a graduate of Cornell University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and completed a Masters of Business Administration at Tulane University. Scott serves as an appointed member of the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board.

Coleman Ridley

Coleman Ridley is the Managing Director at the Business Council of New Orleans & the River Region. He previously worked as a partner at Jones Walker Law Firm, serving in the firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Coleman clerked for Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sylvia R. Cooks. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School.

Mark Stein

Mark Stein is a partner in the law firm of Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver, LLP located in New Orleans, LA. He has an LLM (in Taxation from New York University) and he is a Certified Tax Specialist. He practices in the areas of business entities, mergers, acquisitions, estate planning, successions, trusts and estates and a wide range of other commercial areas. Mark is a frequent speaker at seminars on tax matters and is on the Planning Committee of the Tulane Estate Planning Institute. Mark is a member of the American Bar Association – Section of Taxation, a fellow in the American College of Trust and estate Counsel, past Chairman of the Tax Section of the Louisiana Bar Association and of the Specialization Committee – Taxation. Mark serves on the boards of several charitable organizations, including the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Jewish Endowment Foundation, and he is a past President of the Congregation Temple Sinai and Chairman of its Endowment Fund. Mark received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and his law degree from Tulane University where he was an Associate Editor of the Tulane Law Review and earned Order of the Coif. He received his LLM (in Taxation) from New York University where he received the Arthur Anderson Tax Alumni Scholarship.

George H. Wilson, Jr.

George H. Wilson, Jr., is Chairman of the Board of Barriere Construction, his family’s third generation heavy highway construction company, which he leads with his two brothers as partners and 500 full-time employees. George currently serves as Chairman of YMCA of Greater New Orleans, a member of the Board of Directors of New Orleans Start Up Fund, and a member of World Presidents’ Organization. George received both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Tulane University. In addition to his civic and philanthropic efforts, George actively serves as an angel investor in several local start up companies in New Orleans.