Kelsey R. Foster, Executive Director

Kelsey’s career has been focused on the intersection of economic policy, public finance, and community engagement. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College, a professional certificate in Public Finance from the University of Chicago, and is working towards a Masters of Public Service at the University of Arkansas. Foster is a resident of Algiers Point and serves as an At-Large board member of Old Algiers Main Street. Kelsey loves catching the sunset on the Algiers levee, riding the Algiers ferry to Mardi Gras parades, and grabbing a beer at the Crown and Anchor Pub.

Robert Taylor, Program Manager

Robert leads AEDF’s small business support and community development programming. Through his skills in business relations, research, and community engagement, he works across sectors to help foster equitable and inclusive development for Algiers. Robert graduated from Hendrix College with a B.A. in Political Science, minoring in economics. He then matriculated to the University of Georgia where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration, specializing in Local Government Management. Among other roles, has previously worked as a nonprofit development consultant and in other economic development roles. Robert enjoys long walks at the beach, making corny jokes, long weekends with his wife and pets, and watching the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Saints. 

Executive Committee


Tara Miller

Ochsner Health

first vice-president

Robert Royal

The Robert Royal Foundation

Second vice-president

Ben Morvant

Crescent Towing


John Paul Metzler



Christe Brewton


Head shot of Christe Brewton

Board of Directors

Past Presidents

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