IBERIABANK Executive Cleland Powell Joins LAPCS Board of Directors

MCP-webThe Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) today announced that M. Cleland Powell, III has joined the LAPCS board of directors. Powell is currently the executive vice president and senior commercial manager of IBERIABANK.

“We are thrilled to welcome Cleland to the LAPCS board,” said Caroline Roemer, executive director of LAPCS. “His contributions to New Orleans and Louisiana are unmatched, and we are thrilled to be able to have his expertise at LAPCS as we continue our work of strengthening the charter school movement in the state.”

“I often use the words of Dr. Martin Luther King: ‘Every man must decide whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness,’” said Powell. “This quote applies to everything in life, and certainly charter school education for our children would be front and center.”

In the last four decades, Powell has served on more than 50 boards, both for public and private organizations. Currently, he serves as the treasurer of the Health Education Authority of Louisiana (HEAL) and is a member of the Louisiana Endowment for The Humanities Board, the Industrial Development Board of the City of New Orleans, the Board of Commissioners of the City Park Improvement Association for the City of New Orleans, and the Dillard University Board, among others. He is a past chairman of the Board of Governors of Tulane Health Sciences Center and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Powell is a graduate of Newman High School and Tulane University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and economics. He received his MBA from The Gouzetta School of Business from Emory University. He is also a graduate of The Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.


About the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to support, promote, and advocate for the Louisiana charter school movement, increasing student access to high quality public schools statewide. Learn more about LAPCS at