Gene Meneray is Co-Founder of The Ella Project, a pro bono legal, business development, and cultural advocacy organization in New Orleans, LA. A native New Orleanian and graduate of Tulane University, Gene worked for more than a decade as Director of Artist Services at the Arts Council of New Orleans, where he led the agency’s response to Hurricane Katrina. From 2011-2017, he taught Arts Business in the Graduate School at the University of New Orleans Arts Administration program. He has given presentations for the World Cultural Economic Forum, National Endowment for the Arts, American Bar Association Conference on Pro Bono, the Music Cities Summit in Toronto, Music Policy Forum, and the Sociable City Summit. Gene is also Vice President of the Louisiana Crafts Guild, and serves as on the Executive Committee of the Louisiana State Arts Council and as a Board Member for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. He lives in the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans with his wife Elizabeth, a family law attorney and volunteer DJ on WWOZ, and son Campbell.