A veteran public relations professional in the Greater New Orleans area, Betsie Gambel received her Sociology degree from Sweet Briar College. In 2013, Betsie was the first Louisianan to be inducted into the Southern Public Relations Federation Hall of Fame and was named the United States Small Business Administration Woman Champion of the Year for Region VI of the United States (Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico). Also this year she was named a Woman of the Year by New Orleans CityBusiness, a top Woman Achiever by New Orleans Magazine and one of the honorees of the American Cancer Society.
She currently is a board member of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce. She was president of the Junior League of New Orleans and has served on numerous civic and nonprofit boards including the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, the YWCA and the Girl Scout Council of SE Louisiana. She has chaired and worked on countless fundraisers in the city, including establishing significant partnerships with corporations.
Interested in politics, she is a founding member of Jefferson Twenty-five, a political organization of women in Jefferson Parish, LA. She is a graduate of the Institute of Politics and the University of New Orleans Government Leadership Institute. She is also a 2012 graduate of the Goldman Sachs10,000 Small Businesses Program.
Betsie is the proud mother of two grown sons, Gregory who lives in Philadelphia, and Meric who lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and she has identical twin 6-year old grandsons, Collin and William.