Café Reconcile Announces Leadership Changes

NEW ORLEANS – Executive Director of Café Reconcile, Glen Armantrout, announced this week that he is preparing to launch a new venture and will resign as CEO of the nationally-regarded nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives New Orleans youth. 

         Armantrout’s relationship with Café Reconcile spanned over 15 years in various roles, culminating with serving as CEO for 4 years.

         Board Chairman Wilmer Jacobs said, “While transitions of this nature are always challenging, we believe that the staff and the board of directors at Café Reconcile are both dedicated and talented enough to guide the organization through the search for a new Executive Director. Café Reconcile's Program Director Stewart Young has agreed to take on the mantle of Interim Executive Director, and we are fully confident of his ability to lead successfully. Through Glen's leadership, Café Reconcile grew in every way, and we are grateful for his leadership, and friendship. We know that Glen will excel in whatever he does as he has in the past, and we are gratified that his passion for the organization – and, more importantly, New Orleans' youth – mean that he will not be far away. We sincerely thank Glen for his commitment to our mission and efforts on behalf of this organization over the past four years.”

          Armantrout said, “We started by working with 100 youth in our community each year. Today, more than 1,000 young men and women are getting the opportunities and the support they need to build successful careers and a bright future. In addition, Café Reconcile is contributing to the region on the whole because it is nationally recognized as a successful model; it is instrumental in the continued transformation of Central City; and our graduates are building careers in New Orleans' finest and most iconic restaurants, as well as other important industry growth sectors. We have seen more and more of our graduates go beyond secondary education, purchase cars and own homes. As lagniappe, we have published a cookbook and, throughout, the Café itself has not only been the vehicle for this success but has also been one of the city's favorite lunch and special event spots. Not a bad list of accomplishments for a small non-profit with a solid mission.”

         “While this decision is not easy,” Armantrout said, “nothing worth doing is. I hope to announce my next project soon but, in the meantime, please support Café Reconcile and its important mission. I know I will.”

         Café Reconcile is currently accepting applications for the Executive Director position.  Qualified candidates are asked to submit their letter of interest and resume via email to Carol McGovern at

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