Natalie Robottom was elected President of St. John Parish in May of 2010. This changed the course of parish history as she was the first female and first African American elected to the position. She remains the only African American and one of only two female presidents in the state of Louisiana. Prior to being elected as President, Robottom served as the Governor’s Director of the Office of Community Programs, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of St. John the Baptist, and Parish Manager for Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government.
As President, Robottom is the chief elected official of the parish and is responsible for carrying out parish policies and supervising all parish departments and employees. She is responsible for over 250 employees and some 45,000 residents on both banks of the Mississippi River. She manages the parish’s $102 million budget and more than $100 million in capital projects and infrastructure improvements. Robottom successfully managed one of the worst floods in parish history, was instrumental in moving the West Shore Levee Project forward after 42 years and is currently leading a fast paced recovery effort. She also worked with other leaders to successfully delay implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act which increased flood insurance rates through the National Flood Insurance Program.
Robottom earned degrees from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She also worked with children in public and private schools for 24 years, serving 16 of those as a special education administrator. She served in numerous professional and civic organizations and currently serves on numerous state boards and commissions in leadership positions.
Robottom is President of the Region I & II Police Jury Association of Louisiana, President of La Parishes Against Coastal Erosion (LaPACE), a Past-President of the Black Caucus of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana, an executive board member of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, a member of the South Central Planning and Development Commission, a board member of Greater New Orleans, Inc., the River Region Caucus, the Super Region Rail Authority, the Regional Economic Development Initiative, the Regional Planning Commission, and the National Association of County Officials.
Robottom was recently selected as American City & County Elected Official of the Year, gracing the cover of this national magazine. She was also honored as Citizen of the Year by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Elected Official of the Year by Young Democrats, and received the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official by the Small Business Association. She also received the Patriot Award from the Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve and was recognized as a trail blazer by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated - Epsilon Sigma Chapter.
A native of Abbeville Louisiana, Robottom resides in LaPlace with Hernendez, her husband of 33 years. They have a daughter Courtney, an LSU alumna and a son Casey, a Tulane University alumna.