Demetric Mercadel, a senior associate analyst in regulatory and governmental affairs for Entergy New Orleans has been elected president of the board of directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Other officers elected to one-year terms are Donna Santiago, first vice president; Kathleen Turner, second vice president; Jeffrey Goldring, secretary; and David Francis, treasurer.

Mercadel has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting, finance and planning fields with responsibilities ranging from basic operations, administrative accounting, preparing variance analysis reports and special projects.

She has been working with Entergy since 1981. In her current position, she develops working relationships with the city of New Orleans and with the New Orleans delegation of the state legislators, and supports strategic regulatory, energy efficiency and energy policy initiatives, including EnergySmart. She also serves as a liaison between Entergy’s regulatory and governmental affairs and customer service teams, and assists in all governmental affairs and regulatory projects as needed.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more about the foundation, visit