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Chimene Grant Saloy

Ethnicity:

Black

Current position: 

Vice President of Community Affairs

Current facility:

Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Year zoo career began:

Chimene is the Vice President of Community Affairs at Audubon Nature Institute, where she is responsible for advancing the organization’s mission of conservation, education, and recreation through comprehensive community outreach and advocacy efforts designed to build long-term relationships and support. Chimene previously served as Audubon’s Vice President of Marketing. Chimene is the Vice Chairman of the board of directors of French Quarter Festivals, Incorporated, President-elect of the Kingsley House board of directors and Second Vice-President of the Girl Scouts Louisiana East board of directors. She serves on the Diversity Committee for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She is the former chairperson of the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network and has served on the boards of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association among others. Chimene is a member of the Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she serves as the graduate advisor for the chapter at Loyola University and the New Orleans Chapter of The Links, Inc. where she serves as Communications Committee Chairperson. She is an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans.

Mrs. Saloy began her marketing career at Montgomery & Stire Marketing and Public Relations firm where she began as a college intern and was eventually named a partner in the firm. She is pleased to have introduced the regional market to such iconic and successful brands as Starbucks, House of Blues, Harrah’s and Cirque du Soleil.

Chimene has received numerous awards including being named a Young Leadership Council Role Model, Top Ten Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine, YWCA Role Model, and an Unsung Hero by the Crescent City Chapter of The Links, Inc. She has received awards for her marketing and public relations work from both the Press Club of New Orleans and the Public Relations Society of America.

Chimene is a New Orleans native who graduated with honors from Mount Carmel Academy and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Loyola University New Orleans.