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Sharon Litwin and Renee Peck


Sharon Litwin

image Sharon Litwin is president of Partnership for Action (PFA) a non-profit organization created in 1997 by a diverse group of women for the benefit of the City of New Orleans. She is co-founder of NolaVie, a new website dedicated to covering and promoting the full breadth of New Orleans’ unique culture. NolaVie is a project of PFA.

As Senior Vice President for External Affairs of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the only musician-owned, collaboratively governed orchestra in America, she has assumed the responsibility for all major national grant opportunities, interaction with national and statewide foundations, corporate and civic support cultivation and legislative action.

Prior to joining the LPO, Ms. Litwin was for 12 years an Assistant Director at the New Orleans Museum of Art. There she was responsible for all administrative and legislative functions of a successful $24-million capital campaign to expand and renovate the Museum. She was also responsible for the successful marketing of a number of blockbuster exhibitions that had a collective economic impact on the City of more than $55 million.

Ms. Litwin has also been a professional journalist, writing for more than nine years with The Times-Picayune, and a television producer with WYES, New Orleans’ PBS station, where she produced both news and documentary features. She is the editor of the Zagat New Orleans Restaurant Survey, and is a regular contributing writer to numerous local and national newspapers and magazines.

She has served as President of the Contemporary Arts Center, President of the Committee of 21, President of Cultural Communications, and President of the Mental Health Association of Metropolitan New Orleans. She is the Founding President of the Crescent City Farmers Market, a not-for-profit Farmer’s Market in the Warehouse District of New Orleans.

Ms. Litwin has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts; was the first female public commissioner to the Undergraduate Accrediting Commission of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); and has served as public commissioner to the Committee on Recognition of the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA).

Renee Peck

image Renee Peck grew up in rural DeRidder, La., where people kept horses in their back yards but the single drive-in theater screen blew away in a hurricane while showing “Gone With the Wind.” Perhaps that explains her consuming sense of wanderlust, and a career spent quizzing other people about their lives and habitats.

After earning a B.A. in English at Kenyon College, Renee found her way to New Orleans and The Times-Picayune. She spent the next three-plus decades working as a feature editor and reporter for the paper, covering everything from food to TV to home and garden. After taking early retirement in 2009, she decided to help launch a cultural, community web site devoted to the quirky flavor of her beloved city - thereby proving that journalists are long on romance and short on practicality.

She has three grown daughters and a mutt named Lucy, born to a stray under an abandoned house in the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. (A manmade event that also destroyed her Lakefront home, but that’s another story - one that you can read in three years’ worth of columns for the TP called This Mold House.)

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