About LJI

Our People and Our Partners


Tracie L. WashingtonPresident & CEO Tracie L Washington is a very proud native New Orleanian, with deep roots in Louisiana. Tracie graduated in 1985 from Carleton College, and in 1986 she was awarded a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University. She moved to Austin, Texas and in 1989, Tracie received her juris doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. For over eighteen years Washington has maintained a general civil practice concentrated in education law, civil rights, and labor and employment law, including both traditional labor management relations and counseling and litigation in connection with disputes between employers and individuals in the non-union setting.

Since 1989, Washington has authored numerous papers and traveled throughout the country speaking at seminars on important issues of employment law. In addition, she has authored the "Employment Law Desk Reference for Financial Institutions." Post Hurricane Katrina, Washington's practice has focused on protecting the civil rights of individuals affected by this national catastrophe. On March 13, 2006 Washington began service to the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, as director of the Gulf Coast Advocacy Center. In April 2007 Tracie co-founded and opened LJI.


Steven JupiterSteven Jupiter is LJI’s Vice President for Advocacy. Steve was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and attended college at Xavier University, where he graduated in 1992. Steve received his juris doctorate in 1996 from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

Steve's focus is community outreach and healthcare equity, and he organized the first Xavier University/NAACP Gulf Coast Advocacy Center Health Fair and Screening, which provided several underserved New Orleans communities with free examinations and screenings, plus access to local physicians.

Steve is also working on immigrant relief issues for the thousands of new immigrant workers in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.



photo of Jacques MorialJacques Morial is a native of New Orleans with over a quarter century of inter-disciplinary professional experience in the areas of community organization, public policy analysis and development, capital finance, dispute resolution and strategic communications.

He earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and completed post graduate level coursework and research at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. As the 1983 John J. McCloy fellow in Urban Affairs he spent several months studying post war reconstruction in Germany. He later earned a Master of Public Administration Degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where his studies concentrated on negotiation, dispute resolution, international diplomacy and international trade.

Professionally Morial has worked as a legislative assistant for the U.S. Congress, as a staff writer and news reporter for a daily newspaper and as a public finance specialist for a Wall Street-based minority owned investment banking firm. He has served as an official international election observer in Latin America and Africa, organized international multi-lateral conferences and has represented President Bill Clinton and the United States overseas.

Since Hurricane Katrina Jacques Morial has been involved as a community organizer and public advocate working in the areas of housing, healthcare, environmental justice and workers' rights with neighborhood and civic groups, social justice organizations, churches and international foundations to advance the cause of equitable recovery. Since late 2007 he's worked with the Louisiana Justice Institute as a senior organizer focused on healthcare access and other social justice issues.





LJI Community Partners

LJI will continue and expand upon the community partnerships developed in the past by the LJI co-founders, including with: Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; People’s Organizing Committee; New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice; Peoples Hurricane Relief Fund; ACORN; Second Good Hope Baptist Church; Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church; The Algiers Group; Watson Memorial Teaching Fellowship; the Principals Association of New Orleans; Pyramid Consulting; the Hispanic Apostolate; Juvenile Justice Project Louisiana; Downtown Neighborhood Improvement Association; Common Ground; and the Lower 9th Ward Village. Our community partners are LJI’s clients/constituents.