CEO & FOUNDER
Liz Shephard is the CEO of LifeCity, L3C, a for-benefit company. Liz created LifeCity to help build a more equitable and sustainable economy in New Orleans, but is now bringing these tools to communities all over the country. In May of 2017, LifeCity won the SBA's state-wide Sustainable Business Champion Award and Liz was also recognized as one of the Top 50 Business Women of the year in 2015 in New Orleans (CityBusiness). Trained as both a facilitator and LEED Green associate, Liz and her company help businesses maximize both social and environmental impact while growing profits. Liz holds a B.A. in Psychology and Environmental Studies from Carleton College, where she graduated with Honors and Distinction. Outside of work, Liz plays in a band, Mid City Soul, enjoys runs on the greenway, and her spiritual practice in meditation and contemplative prayer.
Impact Report & Marketing Manager
Billy Lee directs impact reporting for LifeCity, helping clients appreciate and communicate their social and environmental impact through visual storytelling and written reports. He has a B.A from Tulane University, focusing on environmental policy and economics. During summers in his native town,Washington, D.C., Billy completed internships at the Environmental & Energy Study Institute (EESI) and later the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), where he developed his first documentary. In the past year at LifeCity, Billy has produced a diverse range of videos highlighting impactful projects across the country—from an oak barrel manufacturer in rural West Virginia to a park revitalization in downtown Cincinnati. A passionate yet pragmatic environmentalist, Billy is excited to be uniting passions for sustainability, videography and policy in support of LifeCity’s mission.
Andres Peña is responsible for the organization’s Impact Measurement System and for tracking Love Your City’s collective impact. With an M.B.A from the Universidad de los Andes, Andres accrued over 10 years experience managing projects and assisting young companies into operational and financial sustainability before deciding to focus on development initiatives throughout his native Colombia. Driven by developing equitable and sustainable communities worldwide, Andrés completed an M.Sc. in Development Economics and International Development from Tulane University. Today, with a career built around the idea of doing business for good, Andres is a passionate believer of merging the demands of the business world with the needs of their communities, and is New Orleans’ potential to become a hub for development initiatives on a global scale.
Born and raised in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, Durell’s commitment for the bettering of his city’s culture and communities began at Warren Easton Senior High School. Upon graduating in 2005, he evacuated while personally experiencing the economic, social, and environmental losses from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Returning to a devastated city, he studied Earth Science Education at the University of New Orleans and devoted his free time to The Academia Society, Inc. While serving in this capacity, Durell sought to uplift the spirits and hope of the people of New Orleans, by feeding those in need of shelter and partnering up with the local Habitat for Humanity to rebuild and restore neighborhoods. Today, Durell strives to make a social impact in New Orleans through mentoring and servicing those working in the hospitality industry and advocating for emergency preparedness and greener lifestyle choices. Durell is proud to utilize his powerful communications skills to connect people and businesses to sustainable resources in our community as an Account Manager at LifeCity.
Kurt Middelkoop has over 29 years of experience in manufacturing and small business ownership and operation. He helps organizations remain globally competitive by identifying improvement opportunities that eliminate all types of waste while protecting margins and increasing both profitability and competitiveness.
Kelly Ann Gindhart
Graphic design & Creative marketing
Kelly Ann Gindhart is responsible for designing digital marketing materials for LifeCity. As a senior at Tulane University studying Marketing and Management, Kelly Ann pairs her graphic design skills with her digital marketing experience to promote LifeCity’s sustainability-focused services and events. After working with LifeCity as a Creative Marketing Intern, Kelly Ann continues to market LifeCity’s environmental & social impact in the New Orleans community.