Public Relations Professional, president of Gambel Communications
A veteran public relations professional in the Greater New Orleans area, Betsie Gambel received her Sociology degree from Sweet Briar College. In 2013, she was the first Louisianan to be inducted into the Southern Public Relations Federation Hall of Fame and was named the United States Small Business Administration Woman Champion of the Year for Region VI of the United States (Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico). She has twice been named a Woman of the Year by New Orleans CityBusiness, a top Woman Achiever by New Orleans Magazine and an honoree of the American Cancer Society.
Betsie is the publisher of The New Orleans 100, an e newsletter with 100 word stories and 100 second videos. She has been a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post for more than two years in partnership with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, of which she is a graduate.
Betsie currently is a board member of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, the Clarion Herald and the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce. She was president of the Junior League of New Orleans and has served on numerous civic and nonprofit boards including the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, the YWCA and the Girl Scout Council of SE Louisiana. She has chaired and worked on countless fundraisers in the city, including establishing significant partnerships with corporations.
Interested in politics, she is a founding member of Jefferson Twenty-five, a political organization of women in Jefferson Parish, LA. She is a graduate of the Institute of Politics and the University of New Orleans Government Leadership Institute.
Betsie has two grown sons and four grandchildren She enjoys bicycling, boating, reading and working out. Her passion is putting people and ideas together.