Valerie S. Cahill, an independent investment banker from Jefferson Parish, whose expertise is in GO-Zone solutions and development opportunities, as well as credit and bond financing for affordable housing and new markets tax credits, and a long time member of New Orleans CREW, was recently sworn in as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, which Board governs the public port operations in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. Valerie was nominated for the position by the AFL-CIO and succeeds Mr. Conrad Appel as one of two Jefferson Parish representatives on the seven-person Board. A licensed general contractor, Valerie earned her certification through the International Program of Port Planning and Management, the industry’s premier planning and management certification program. Valerie is also extensively involved in civic and trade associations throughout the region. She is a member of the board of directors of the World Trade Center and Women’s Professional Council, and serves on the executive committee of the Louisiana Urban Land Institute. Named “Women of the Year” by CityBusiness in 2004, Valerie serves as a Fellow of the Loyola Institute of Politics and is active in the Junior League of New Orleans and the New Orleans Real Estate Investors Association. She has also participated in New Orleans regional trade delegation trips to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama. Congratulations Valerie….recognition well deserved!