Mayor, New Orleans
Marc Haydel Morial is one
of America's most visionary and accomplished leaders. As Mayor of New Orleans, he led a
dramatic comeback setting the standard for all of America's cities. Morial transformed a
broken New Orleans into a model for the nation's urban cities. Through his sweeping police
reforms, housing and neighborhood revitalization efforts, innovative global economic
development initiatives, investment in infrastructure, and support of recreation,
education and jobs for young people, Morial rebuilt a dying and decaying urban center into
a great American city, restoring the City of New Orleans once again to its international
Across the United States,
Republicans, Democrats, fellow mayors, governors, legislators, congressmen, senators and
business executives recognize Morial as "a new American mayor," one not defined
by the limits of his governmental responsibilities. He is CEO, Entrepreneur,
Problem-Solver, Public-Private Partner, and Advocate for his city and its citizens.
Morial, as President of the U.S.
Conference of Mayors developed and advocated a united national urban policy. He is a
respected expert on national policy and its impact on cities. His colleagues described him
as well-suited to lead the non-partisan national mayors organization, where he impacted
urban public policy in the arts, transportation and infrastructure, the environment, crime
prevention, housing, jobs and recreation.
Born in New Orleans, he is the
second of five children of the city's first African-American mayor, the late Ernest N.
"Dutch" Morial, a lawyer, and Sybil Haydel Morial, a teacher and educator. A
1976 graduate of Jesuit High School, Morial earned a BA in Economics at the University of
Pennsylvania in 1980, and received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in
1983. He has a daughter, Kemah Dennis-Morial, a student at Tufts University. He is married
to newswoman Michelle Miller and they have a son, Mason Miller Morial.
On May 15, 2003, Marc H. Morial became
President and CEO of the National Urban League.