May 20, 2016 – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed Telley Savalas Madina of New Orleans to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC). Madina, who will represent the commercial fishing and fur industries, replaces Nathan Wall, who recently resigned from the commission.
His first appearance on the commission will come June 2 when the LWFC holds its monthly meeting.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Madina is the senior Gulf Coast policy officer for Oxfam America, an international non-governmental organization. He graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy from UNO.
Among the boards on which he serves, Madina was the executive director of the Louisiana Oystermen Association in 2010-11 and is still a board member. He currently serves as CEO of Red & Blue Consulting, LLC of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, Madina worked as a business service representative and intergovernmental affairs liaison for New Orleans, focused on issues of small business recovery, contracting and policy equity within coastal Louisiana.
“My experience as executive director of the Louisiana Oystermen Association and working in the recovery process after Katrina will be assets serving on the commission,’’ Madina said. “I visited Washington, D.C., 40 times as executive director of the LOA after the BP oil spill, advocating for minority fishing communities across the Gulf of Mexico within governmental agencies, Congressional and Senate offices. I look forward to the opportunity to work on the commission.’’
Madina’s term runs through Jan. 7, 2022.