Jessie Schott Haynes is the Managing Director of The Helis Foundation, a Louisiana private family foundation, which primarily makes grants to sustain operations, to provide free admission to, and to acquire significant art works on behalf of major institutions within the Metropolitan New Orleans area. She is responsible for ensuring that the Helis Family’s commitment to access to the arts in New Orleans is fulfilled by managing public sculpture acquisition and exhibition throughout the City as well as implementation of and oversight over programs such as Art for All: The Helis Foundation Free Days and Unframed, presented by THF, a project of Arts Council New Orleans. Haynes earned a B.A. in both English and Art History from Newcomb College of Tulane University and a juris doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She serves as a Trustee of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and a Board member of the Arts Council New Orleans, the Preservation Resource Center, and the Bureau of Governmental Research.