Vincenzo Pasquantonio
Year
2018
Chapter
Position
Advancement Co-Chair, NLC Louisiana

Vincenzo Pasquantonio is an organizer and political activist in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2018, Vincenzo was appointed the Executive Director of the City of New Orleans Human Relations Commission by Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and also served as the founding Director of the City of New Orleans Office of Human Rights and Equity, an office established by executive order to advise the administration on human rights policy issues. Under his tenure, he led a successful effort to enshrine a Human Rights Commission in the City’s Home Rule Charter, granting the new commission the power to enforce the city’s local anti-discrimination laws. His office also submitted the City’s first Universal Periodic Review report to the United Nations, advocated for the implementation of racial equity initiatives under the new Mayor’s administration, and established an LGBTQ+ Task Force focused on Black and Transgender residents, securing a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index for the City of New Orleans for the first time. He left New Orleans City government in 2020 and currently serves as a member of the U.S. Human Rights Cities Alliance steering committee where he advocates for human rights standards and best practices for cities in the Deep South.