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Jade Brown Russell is a proud native of New Orleans and the Principal of JD Russell Consulting, LLC, a collaborative legal and strategic consulting firm. In 2003, she left her home state of Louisiana to pursue a legal career at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Illinois, where she gained experience in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, corporate governance and securities related transactions. In 2007, Jade returned to New Orleans to join a regional law firm, Adams and Reese LLP, during a pivotal time in the City of New Orleans' recovery. In 2010, Jade joined Caesars Entertainment to become Counsel of Regional Operations, where she served as general counsel for five of the company’s casino and hotel properties addressing gaming, litigation, corporate and regulatory legal issues. In 2014, Jade co-founded Transcendent Legal, the first legal-tech startup in the Gulf Coast Region. In 2016, Jade accepted an appointment as Interim Executive Director of the French Market Corporation (FMC) where she managed an $11 million budget and oversaw operations of the French Market properties, including the historic Upper Pontalba Residencies, the Flea Market, Farmers Market and Crescent Park in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jade remains civically involved in several organizations. Jade is the Co-Chair of the City of New Orleans' 2018 Tricentennial Commission's Community Engagement Committee. She currently serves as a Board member of the Arts Council of New Orleans, Ashé Cultural Center and Threaux, Inc. Jade also serves as the Vice Chair of Bricolage Academy (www.bricolagenola.org); Immediate Past Chairman of the Downtown Development District; and Vice Chairman of the Urban League Greater New Orleans (www.urbanleagueneworleans.org). Jade is the immediate past Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Practitioner's Section of the New Orleans Bar Association. She is also a founding member and inaugural President of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals (www.ulgnoyp.org); and former General Counsel and Secretary for the Young Leadership Council (www.ylcnola.org).
In 2012, Jade was honored by New Orleans CityBusiness in its Leadership in Law class. In 2008, she was honored as a New Orleans CityBusiness Woman of the Year, and in 2009 and 2011 she received the Urban League’s Rising Star Award for her professional and civic accomplishments. Jade has been named to both Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s transition team. In addition, she has served as the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness.
Jade earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Political Science from Howard University, where she was named a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow. She earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Southern University Law Center where she served on the Student Bar Association as President of the Senior Class, and was Vice Chairman of the Moot Court Board.
Jade is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Links Incorporated. Most notably, she is the proud mother of 11 year old daughter, Jadon, and 5 year old, Dorsett.