Telley S. Madina, board member


Born and raised in New Orleans, Telley Savalas Madina is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of New Orleans. During and immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Telley worked as a Business Service Representative and Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the City of New Orleans focused on issues of small business recovery, contracting and policy equity within coastal Louisiana.

Having served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Oystermen Association, following the BP Oil Disaster, Telley has traveled to Washington, D.C., 40 times advocating for minority fishing communities across the Gulf of Mexico within governmental agencies, Congressional and Senate offices.

Currently Telley serves at the Senior Gulf Coast Policy Officer for Oxfam America, an International Non-Governmental Organization, concerned with sustainability of impoverished people, communities of color and women in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. As a lobbyist in Baton Rouge, Telley monitors issues of flood insurance rates, coastal development projects and workforce development training from Calcasieu to St. Tammany Parish.

Telley is a volunteer coach with New Orleans Recreation Department and an avid political consultant participating in federal, state and local elections. He is the recipient of the Esprit De Fraternite’ Award of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Gambit’s 2013 40 Under 40 People to watch in Greater New Orleans.