Bio – Sandy Rosenthal

Sandy Rosenthal

Sandy Rosenthal

Sandy Rosenthal – Founder of
1421 Soniat Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115


  • Words Whispered in Water; Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina (Mango Publishing) August 2020
  • New Orleans Levee Breach Sites nomination to National Register of Historic Places 
  • Community Response to Trauma, Knowledge Block, Tulane Traumatology Institute
  • Times-Picayune, guest columnist 2007-2018
  • Huffington Post, featured columnist 2009-2017

National Media
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Awards / Honors
Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year” Tulane University, Apr 2018
“Pioneer of Purpose” Award, Dillard University, Apr 2016
Award, Diana Lewis Citizen Participation, Committee for a Better N.O., Aug 2015
Honoree, one of ten Heroes of the Recovery, New Orleans Magazine, Aug 2015
Honoree, Avodah Partner in Justice, Apr 2015
Outstanding Citizen Diplomat, New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, 2012
Most Influential Woman, Mount Holyoke College, 2012

First Responder Post Katrina, Southern Dominican Province, 2012
Role Model, Young Leadership Council, 2012
Preservation Award, Louisiana Colonials Preservation, 2010
Award of Merit, Victims & Citizens Against Crime, Inc. June 2009
Award, Service Above Self, The Rotary Club of New Orleans, May 2009
Alumnae Loyalty Award, Mount Holyoke College, March 2009
Prix d’Elegance honoree, Women of Fashion, April 2008
Honoree, Women of the Year, City Business, Nov 2006

Featured author, 2020 Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, LA. Oct 2020
Book “Words Whispered” listed by Publishers Weekly for Fall 2020, Jun 2020
Selected by Mount Holyoke College, “Alum to Know About,” Spring 2020
Flooded House Museum featured in the Secret New Orleans Guide Apr 2020
Interviewed in Floodlines created by The Atlantic Magazine, Mar 2020
Featured and photographed in Cherchez la Femme (University Press of Mississippi, 2020) 
Certificate of Recognition from Mayor LaToya Cantrell for Flooded House Museum, Apr 2019
Proclamation from New Orleans City Council for Levee Exhibit Hall & Garden, Aug 2015
Inductee, Hall of Fame, Louisiana Center for Women & Government, Mar 2008
Recognition from US Sen Russell Feingold for raising awareness of USACE’s flaws, Dec 2006

Speaking Engagements
Featured author, Louisiana Book Festival, Oct 31, 2020
Louisiana State Museum, presenter Second Thursday Lecture, Sept 10, 2020
Bay East, California Tri-Cities Marketing Council, Sept 10, 2020
Panelist speaker, “Women Making Waves“, Tulane University, March 7, 2020 
US Dept of State Internat’l Leadership Program via New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, several times annually, 2008 to present
“The Politics of Hurricane Katrina”, Tulane University, October 8, 2018
Humanities Action Lab, University of New Orleans, Sept 25, 2018
NFIP Reauthorization Conference, Washington DC Sept 2017
Politics of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University, Mar 2017
Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, 2010, 2012, 2016
American Business Women’s Association, Heritage Grill, Apr 7, 2016
“The Katrina Disaster Now”, Tulane University, Nov 17, 2015
Women Leading in Public Service Summit, Mount Holyoke College, Nov 2015
“The Politics of Hurricane Katrina”, Tulane University, Oct 2015
Bankruptcy Lawyers Participating Group, Liskow & Lewis, Apr 2015
Society of Environmental Journalists, Annual Conference, Sep 2014
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, Feb 2013
American Mensa, New Orleans Chapter, Dec 2012
Whistleblower Tour Event, panelist, Feb 2012
Society of Professional Journalists annual conference, Sept 2011
Loyola Institute of Politics, January 2011
National Association of Environmental Law Conference, March 2010
The Great Mississippi River: Restoring Balance Symposium, October 2009
Rotary Club of New Orleans (Downtown), May 2009
NMC Regional Conference, Tulane University, November 2007
Featured in HBO Comic Relief 2006 starring Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal
Speaker NMC Regional Conference, Tulane University, November 2007

Contributing Expert
National Geographic
The Science Channal
The Discovery Channel

Board Positions, founder and president, 2005 to present
Louisiana Center for Women in Government & Business, Board 2011 to present
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, advisor 2018 to present
New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s Coastal Communications Campaign, advisor 2018-2019
Women Making Waves leadership conference 2019, advisor
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Tricentennial Committee 2018
St. Paul’s Homecoming, board member 2015
Restore Louisiana Now, board member, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Women in Public Service Project, invited guest 2011
Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Transition Team Task Force on Flood Protection, member 2009
Gulf Coast Partners, chaired by Secty Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secty of Housing & Urban Dev Shaun Donovan, 2009
Transition Team member, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, 2007

Executive Director, Levees.Org, flood protection advocacy non-profit, Nov 2005 – present
Advertising Director, Strategic Comp Insurance, Oct 2000 – Oct 2007
Marketing, New Orleans Orthopaedic Clinic, 1987 – 1994
Advertising, Vision Plaza, 1982 – 1987
Fitness Instructor, Tulane University and Jewish Community Center, 1989 – 2009


  • BA, Mount Holyoke College, S. Hadley, MA, 1979
  • MBA, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1981
  • Certificate, Nancy Marsiglia Institute of Justice, 2019

The GREENArmy, 2013 to present
Officer, Mount Holyoke College Club of Louisiana, 1986 – 2014
Oncology unit volunteer, Touro Hospital, New Orleans 2005 – 2010
Volunteer Teacher, Public Schools, New Orleans Charter Middle School 1998 – 2005
Volunteer Teacher, Public Schools, New Orleans Middle School (Lewis Ext) 1995 – 1998
Laurel Eagles Mentoring, Laurel Elementary School 1984 – 1995

Tennis, yoga, snow skiing, zydeco dancing


Born: Sandra Claire Fulton, Attleboro, Massachusetts, May 16, 1957
Married, August 26, 1979 to Stephen Rosenthal
Three children,
Aliisa Rachel, Feb 18, 1983
Mark Stanford, April 27, 1985
Stanford Michael, July 2, 1990
Two dogs, Twinkie and Cupcake