We are delighted to announce that New Orleans Photo Alliance, the parent organization of PhotoNOLA, has hired Amy Dailey Williams to serve as its first Executive Director. Williams brings more than two decades of experience with non-profit administration and has deep roots within the cultural landscape of Louisiana. Previously, she served as the Director of Operations for the New Orleans Film Society/Film Festival and the Director of Administration and Managing Editor for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
A native of the Chicago area, Williams spent time hiking and working in East Africa before moving to New Orleans in 1997. Like many, she immediately fell in love with the city and has made it her home since that time. Amy is raising two teenage sons in Mid City and is an avid backgammon player, traveler, and arts enthusiast.
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) was established ten years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, by a group of photographers and civic-minded individuals who joined forces to advance photography in the region. Last summer the volunteer-run organization mounted its first major fundraising campaign, with the goal of funding a full time director to run NOPA and PhotoNOLA. After a three-month national search Amy Dailey Williams was selected to fill the position.
While Amy neither pretends nor aspires to be a photographer, she has fond memories of late nights in the darkroom and an abiding respect for the medium. She will keep office hours at the NOPA gallery, 1111 St. Mary Street, and welcomes visitors to drop by Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am – 4pm.