Aimee Smallwood is CEO for the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF), a statewide nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to be a catalyst for the development and enhancement of the distinct cultural industries of Louisiana by promoting the economic health and quality of life of our cultural economy workforce.
Under Smallwood’s leadership, LCEF programs encourage creatives as entrepreneurs, connecting them to capital and business training to improve sustainability. This includes a microloan fund and small business incubator located in Downtown New Orleans. Ms. Smallwood oversees offices in New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana. LCEF has distributed over $1 million to 400+ artists, cultural organizations and businesses. LCEF has also served the needs of more than 3,000 individuals through healthcare referrals, assistance with the Affordable Care Act and screenings.
Smallwood previously was Director of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Foundation, and has more than 25 years as a fundraiser and administrator. Smallwood was with the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans for 18 years. Previous to that, she co-founded a battered women’s program and shelter in Jefferson Parish and has since worked as a consultant to a number of nonprofit organizations. Aimee regularly serves on a number of boards, grantmaking panels and committees, including the City of New Orleans’ City’s first Economic Development Strategic Advisory Committee. Aimee is a former President of the Business Women’s Network of East St. Tammany, and of the AFP Greater Northshore Chapter and is a 2009 Citybusiness Woman of the Year.