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Zakenya Perry Neely
Deputy Director of Programs and Administration
Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN)
3321 Tulane Ave., 2nd Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Zakenya Perry Neely joined OPEN as the Director of Programs in 2013. She is a native New Orleanian and a product of the city’s public schools. She is a high performing, executive-level business professional with over 10 years of solid experience in the non-profit sector, particularly in the arenas of youth development, project-program design and execution, community relations, human resources management and partnership development. From developing strategic program management plans, systems processing and effective marketing strategies to community partnership building and managing out-of-school time programs for college students and youth, Zakenya has a broad range of top-notch managerial skills in non-profit leadership.

Zakenya holds a Master Degree of Arts in Organizational Management, which has afforded her the opportunity to work with local and national non-profit organizations and foundations, including Operation Reach, Inc; Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation; Communities In Schools of New Orleans and the NFL Boys and Girls Club. Zakenya prides herself as a community educator and has an undying passion to help people enhance their personal growth by working with organizations that are committed to providing needed resources to children, youth and families. In September 2012, Zakenya was named Community Trailblazer of the Year by Data News Weekly of New Orleans.


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