Cherie LaCour-Duckworth

Cherie LaCour-Duckworth

New Orleans Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, Economic Opportunities Program

Vice President of Workforce Development, Urban League of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana

Cherie LaCour-Duckworth has been the director of workforce development for the Urban League of Louisiana since 2011 and now serves as the vice president of workforce development. The Urban League of Louisiana is an anchoring nonprofit that works to enable African-Americans and other communities seeking equity to secure economic self-reliance, parity, and civil rights. The Urban League’s three centers of excellence are focused in the areas of education and youth development, workforce and economic development, and public policy and advocacy. Cherie has over 25 years of experience in the field of workforce development in the non-profit sector beginning with Job Training Partnership Act), Workforce Investment Act, and present day Workforce Investment Opportunity Act. She has strong acumen in areas of employment and training, economic development, program development, implementation, administration, database development, and management. In 2014, Cherie received an award for Excellence in Workforce Development, presented by the National Urban League’s President Marc H. Morial, at the Whitney M. Young Jr. Leadership Development Conference. She has also received recognition from the City of New Orleans, Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, for the completion of the City of New Orleans Civic Leadership Academy. Cherie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business information systems and a master’s of management, both from University of Phoenix.

Cherie LaCour-Duckworth is a member of the New Orleans Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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