We are the Soul of New Orleans. We are the Guardians of the culture.

The diversity of New Orleans keeps life interesting and keeps visitors coming back again and again. Since 1990, the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network has been working to strengthen that diversity and to encourage multicultural visitation.

Our mission is to identify and promote the cultural diversity of New Orleans and to increase leadership, career, and business opportunities at all levels of the hospitality industry. We partner with local businesses and tourism entities to help keep the city we love in the hearts of travelers.

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We promote New Orleans’ cultural diversity and work to increase opportunities in tourism and hospitality for minorities and minority-owned businesses. If you or your business would like to join NOMTN, sign up here.

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Oscar Rainey

Board Chairman

Oscar Rainey is employed by Remy Cointreau USA, where he serves as the Senior Market Manager for Louisiana and Arkansas. He is also a managing partner of V Productions, a certified DBE at the Louis Armstrong Airport. Rainey’s hospitality career began at a very young age at his family’s 40-year-old business – “Rainey’s Restaurant Caterers” – where he started as a dishwasher/busboy.

Rainey sits on several boards and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F&AM. of Louisiana, Platta Temple #15 Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North & South America and Its Jurisdiction Inc., and Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel - Motel Management from Grambling State University.

Dinah Campbell

1st Vice President

In 1996, New Orleanian Dinah Campbell graduated from Southern University in social work. Over time, she has taken her knowledge of people and dedication to human development into the realm of marketing. In 1999, she became an account executive at Clear Channel Radio, now iHeart Media, where for 15 years she supported the conceptual development, marketing, and branding of some of the stations most prominent events such as Teen Summit, The Welcome Affair, and Family Day in the Park.

In 2008, Ms. Campbell founded Promotions by Dinah Campbell where she serves as President and CEO. Today she navigates the labyrinth of racial, ethic, gender, and sexual identity to create brands and events that reach audiences both old and new. Promotions by Dinah Campbell is DBE Certified.

Dinah Campbell has also spread her knowledge and desire for helping people into the non-profit sector. Along with sitting on the board of NOMTN, she served on the board for Dress for Success for 13 years and is currently on the board of The Mine Inspiration Center.

Anna Sumas

2nd Vice President

Anna Sumas was born of Honduran parents and grew up in New Orleans, La. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Economics.

She has spent the last 20 years working in the hospitality industry working with various hotel groups that included Wyndham, Kimpton, Loews and Starwood Hotels.

Her most recent role is Director of Sales for House of Blues and Live Nation Entertainment where she has spent the last 5 years hosting spectacular events.

Other community and organizational involvement include Dress for Success, French Quarter Business Association, GNOSF, NACE, MPI, CVB and the Chamber of Commerce.

She currently lives in Oak Park with her 2 children and husband, Allen Sumas. Her extended family lives in Puerto Rico and Honduras where Anna spends her vacations.

A fan of all genres of music and all types of foods, Anna also enjoys exploring new things to experience in her city of New Orleans.

Luz Lobos

Secretary

Luz Lobos is CEO and Founder of Synergy Design Group, an exhibit design firm focused on providing trade show display solutions and permanent branded selling and museum environments for local, national and international clients. Her work at Synergy has been featured in national industry magazines and the company has received Exhibitor Magazine’s “Portable/Modular Design Award” and “People’s Choice Award.”

Ms. Lobos is a proud sponsor of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana and an active member of Women Presidents’ Organization, National Association of Women Business Owners, and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, Ms. Lobos received the 2017 Women of Color Achievement Award for outstanding business success and commitment to community service.

Born and raised in El Salvador, Ms. Lobos moved to the U.S. to attend Cornell University College of Architecture and from there went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from LSU.

Michelle D. Craig

Board Member

Michelle D. Craig currently serves as Managing Partner of Transcendent Legal. She began her legal career at Jones Walker where she worked in the Baton Rouge, LA and Houston, TX offices from 2002 until 2007. In 2007, she became an Associate at Adams and Reese LLP, and in 2010, she became the first African-American Female Partner in the New Orleans office. Her specialties include labor and employment, education and business and commercial transactions and litigation. In 2014, she founded Transcendent Legal, LLC, a firm that uses technology and cloud-computing to service start-ups and potentially high-growth companies.

Ms. Craig has received numerous awards over the years. She has been named: a Women of the Year Honoree byNew Orleans CityBusiness (2008); an Innovators of the Year Honoree for her work with The Urban League Young Professionals (2008); a Rising Star in the Legal Profession (2009); the Most Powerful and Influential Woman in Louisiana by the Diversity Council (2013); a Leadership in Law award recipient (2013); a Norman C. Francis Fellow (2014); a Role Model by the Young Leadership Council (2014); an Outstanding Millennial in Law (2014); a New Leaders Council Fellow (2015); an Institute of Politics Fellow (2015); a Norman C. Francis Fellow (2015); and one of Gambit’s 40 under 40 (2017).

Ms. Craig holds dual degrees including a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and a Bachelor of the Civil Law (B.C.L.) from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center. She also studied International and Comparative Law at the Université d'Aix Marseille III in Aix en Provence, France.

Thomas Jones

Board Member

Thomas J. Jones, III, is the current Multi-Property Director of Human Resources for Marriott Hotels where he oversees the human resources functions at Sheraton New Orleans and W French Quarter Hotels. Prior to the Starwood acquisition by Marriott International, he was the Area Director of Human Resources for Starwood Hotels where he provided human resources oversight for in Charlotte, Savannah, Hilton Head and New Orleans. He has worked for Hyatt Corporation as Director of Human Resources in New Orleans and in San Diego. Thomas also has worked in the gaming industry as a Corporate Training Manager, Director of Human Resources and a Regional Training Manager.

Thomas earned a B.A. in Communications from Southern University and a M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He was also an adjunct professor at Kendall College School of Hospitality Management where he taught Human Resources Management and Organizational Culture.

Josline Gosserand Frank

Advisory Council Chair

Josline Frank is co-owner/principal and Realtor of World Properties International, Russell Frank Realty Group, LLC. She has served as Co-chair of Fair Housing for NOMAR and is a member of New Orleans Metropolitan Area Realtors, Greater Baton Rouge Area Realtors, LREC and NAR.

Frank spent four years as an Adjunct Facilitator at the University of New Orleans and 33 years as an educator in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. As an Educational Consultant, Frank has served as an instructional and leadership coach to many school districts throughout the United States. She is also a partner in Building Blocks Learning, LLC.

Frank is an Active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pontchartrain Chapter of LINKS, Inc., New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she serves on the Board for JEDCO. She holds a B.S. in Business Education from Southern University and a Masters in Business Education. She has 45+ hours of continuing education from Northwestern State University, Southeastern University, Tulane, Loyola and Our Lady of Holy Cross College. What’s more, she has additional educational certification in Computer Literacy, Marketing Education, Lodging Management, Cooperative Office Education, Administration, Supervision and Principalship.