Nathan Rothstein graduated with an honors degree in History from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2006. After graduating, Mr. Rothstein became an Americorps volunteer and came to live in New Orleans and join the rebuilding effort. He spent the following 10 months serving for a non-profit relief organization in New Orleans’ statistically poorest neighborhood, Tulane/Gravier, called Phoenix of New Orleans, gutting homes, landscaping public areas, raising money for homeowners and recruiting volunteers. After his term was over, he worked for New Orleans College Prep Charter School to recruit students and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans to help launch their newcomer incentive program.
In the spring of 2007, to support the renewal of New Orleans, he co-founded the New Orleans Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals Initiative. With the help of different member of the New Orleans community, Mr. Rothstein has put together one of the most diverse boards in the city that includes leaders of the Hispanic, African-American, and Vietnamese communities and also includes young people from New Orleans, and also those who have moved here post-Katrina. In just over a year, the NOLA YURP Initiative has expanded to over 3000 members and has been featured in the Times-Picayune, New Orleans Living Magazine, Chronicle of Philanthropy, New Orleans City Business, Boston Globe, USA Today, New Orleans Magazine, the Gen Y Project, FoxNews.com, Cox Connexions, Ch.4 News and dozens of blogs from around the country. Last year, Mr. Rothstein was named to the Gambit Weekly’s “40 under 40” list for his work with NOLA YURP and was invited to give a Master’s Tea Presentation at Yale. He is currently participating in the Professional Leaders Project, which selects Jewish Talent in their 20s – 30s around the country, and connects them to forward-thinking seasoned leaders for networking, mentoring, coaching, skill-building, and positive organizational change.