For the past eight years, Kira has served as the District 2 Representative for the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). She has represented 400,000 Louisiana residents across eight parishes on the 11-person board, which serves as the administrative body for all Louisiana public elementary and secondary schools. BESE also performs some administrative functions for the state’s non-public elementary and secondary schools, adopting regulations and enacting policies governing the operations of those schools and exercising budgetary oversight of their educational programs and services.
Kira’s commitment does not stop there. She also served as the District B Representative of the New Orleans Recreation and Development Commission (NORDC). Appointed by then-New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council, Kira helped craft and implement the vision, direction, and strategy of the city’s largest department, serving 300,000 New Orleans residents and 70,000 children.
As the daughter of a single mother who often made sacrifices to ensure her child attended the best schools, Kira understands the challenges faced by families who want more for their children. Having grown up in an inner city neighborhood, she felt an even stronger responsibility to ensure the fourth graders she taught received a great education. Kira has spent almost 20 years as a committed leader and educator in our community. She has experience as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, a non-profit executive and a BESE member. She knows firsthand that all our students have the potential to achieve at the highest levels, enter the workforce prepared to succeed throughout our state, and to compete nationally and globally.