Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell announces transition plans

Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell didn’t take much time to relax after her landslide election victory on Saturday, November 18. Wanting to fully take advantage of the time available, Cantrell has already made arrangements for a transition office and is setting the tone for the transition team’s approach.

Watch the press conference of Cantrell and Mayor Mitch Landrieu discuss the transition process. 

“It’s critical to have a transition office, and I’m happy to announce that our team will be housed in my alma mater, Xavier University,” Cantrell said. “I’ve always embraced keeping the public not only informed, but also participating in the process, so the transition will be transparent with a robust website, frequent updates from social media and traditional media, and public meetings. As I often spoke about during my campaign, professional development and partnerships are part of the foundation for effective governing, and this week I am attending a Harvard conference for newly-elected mayors.”

Cantrell will join new mayors of major cities from across the country at the Institute of Politics’ (IOP), Harvard Kennedy School upcoming Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors. Every two years since 1975, the IOP and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) host the country’s preeminent ‎educational and preparatory program for new mayors. Read more about the seminar here.

Cantrell pointed out that professional development and developing partnerships have long been part of how she operates, and that her transition and administration are interested in hearing from those who want to join her team. She has already received numerous calls and inquiries about joining the transition and administration, and interested parties should send resumes and other info to

“Since my time as a community leader in Broadmoor, we’ve partnered with Harvard University and used its wide swath of resources,” Cantrell said. As we transition into my administration, I will maintain two-way communication with community partners, government colleagues, business leaders, and most importantly our residents, so they know that a Cantrell administration is one of the people and for the people.”