Chuck Morse

Executive Director, Thrive New Orleans

Wednesday, June 8
Lunch Plenary | 11:30AM – 1:00 PM



Chuck Morse currently serves as Executive Director of Thrive NOLA, a non-profit focused on small business development, workforce development, affordable housing, and community development.  Morse is responsible for managing and overseeing overall operations, including fundraising, mentorship, marketing and overall organizational effectiveness.    

Thrive New Orleans is the city of New Orleans National Disaster Resiliency Operator.

Morse was a lead mentor for Propellor’s Startup Accelerator Program.  He assisted businesses in the water Industry grow their ideas, startups or companies.

Morse has also served as a small business consultant for CH2M/Jacobs, an international engineering company that delivers projects across the entire water cycle to solve complex water challenges with exceptional service and integrated, sustainable solutions. 

Morse serves as a professor at Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary in New Orleans and is an ordained minister.  He’s also the founder of United by Water Ministries.

Morse served as the ConnectWorks Director at the Good Work Network.  He is responsible for the incorporation of small, minority firms into the supply chains of anchor institutions. 

Morse has served as Assistant Secretary in the Louisiana Office of Tourism, where he led an 82-person organization and managed a $10 million advertising and public relations budget. He also served as the Marketing Director for the Bayou Classic, one of the largest African American collegiate sporting events in the country.

Morse worked as Special Assistant to the President at the Washington Convention and Tourism Corporation in Washington, DC, where he handled government and community affairs, including serving as a member of a task force that responded to the September 11 bombing crisis in the nation’s capital.

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