Raymond A. Jetson former representative and community advocate
Raymond A. Jetson is President and CEO of MetroMorphosis, a nonprofit formed to accelerate and expand on the efforts he started after completing a year-long fellowship on advanced leadership towards social impact at Harvard University. The mission of MetroMorphosis is to develop and mobilize a critical mass of engaged citizens in inner city neighborhoods to design and implement sustainable solutions to persistent community challenges. The vision of MetroMorphosis is to re-invent the inner city by strategically convening and catalyzing both community leaders and residents - who have never seen themselves as leaders before – and lead to the design of new approaches, strengthen social networks and move communities forward to implement lasting change.
Raymond is also the pastor of the Star Hill church in Baton Rouge, La. This progressive congregation of more than 1,500 members is continually recognized for its impact on the local community. As pastor, Jetson has challenged the group to become “spiritual entrepreneurs” in order to develop innovative approaches to community needs. One of the hallmarks of the church is its intentional strategy of mobilizing and deploying the human and other resources of the congregation to address critical issues impacting the community.
He has a breadth of experience in the public sector and human services arena. From April 2006 through December 2009, Raymond served as CEO for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps in the coordination of local, state and national efforts to connect people and families with the resources needed to return, recover and resume their lives after surviving disastrous situations. Prior to joining the Recovery Corps, Jetson was the deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). In this capacity, he provided leadership for the state’s largest agency. Raymond served as the state Representative for District 61 in the Louisiana House of representatives for more than 15 years.
His many years of public service and experience have made Raymond a resource for major media outlets across the country. Jetson has served as a source for USA TODAY, The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Jetson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the New Orleans Theological Seminary. He and his wife Tammy are the proud parents of J'Erica Nicole and Jeremy Louis.
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This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.
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