​​​​​Dryades YMCA

James M. Singleton


Education is at the core of our commitment

About the Founder

James M. “Jim” Singleton has been tirelessly serving the citizens of New Orleans for more than 56 years.

He began educating young people as a math teacher at Carter G. Woodson Middle School in New Orleans in 1954.  Following sixteen years in the Orleans Parish school system, Singleton moved to Mayor Moon Landrieu’s office in 1970.  He spearheaded the effort to provide comprehensive health services throughout the city.  In 1977, Councilman Singleton ran for and won a seat on the City Council as the Councilmember of District B. In 1994 he was elected as Councilmember-at-Large where he served until 2002.

During his tenure as an elected official, Councilman Singleton’s civic work was extensive. He had assisted in the planning and development of numerous projects including Earnest N. Morial Convention Center, the Aquarium of Americas, the New Mississippi River Bridge, Jazzland Amusement Park, Stern Tennis Center, the Central City Senior Citizens Center and the renovation of various parks and recreation facilities throughout New Orleans. His skills as a coalition builder were evident in his actions on the Regional Planning Commission were he worked closely with lraders from other parishes in cooperative efforts to help bring about programs and services  to improve the lives of people in not only New Orleans but in the entire metropolitan region. As Chairman of the Master Plan Advisory Committee, Singleton oversaw a major overhaul in the zoning procedures for the city which preserved the rich architectural history of New Orleans but also allowed for new construction, growth and progress.

Councilman Singleton is the chairman of the board for Total Community Action, a nonprofit, community based agency dedicated to meeting the needs of the disadvantaged and he also works closely with many community based, people orientated  organizations including the NAACP, Dryades YMCA, Urban League, Central City Economic Opportunity and the Broadmoor Improvement Association..

Singleton is a Veteran having served in the United States Army and the Louisiana National Guard.  He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Colonel.

He is a graduate of Southern University and attended Xavier University and the University of Oklahoma.  He is the married father of two children and two grand daughters.  He is an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and tennis player.

Born in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, Councilman Singleton is acutely aware of the power of education and continues to work hard to improve the educational opportunities for the children and families of New Orleans.

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