Ever since the devastating levee failures and flooding in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, Sandy Fulton Rosenthal has worked nonstop to ensure that the prevailing narrative portrays the event as due to the negligent acts of man, not the fury of Mother Nature.
She is the founder and executive director of Levees.org, a nonprofit committed to educating the American public and legislators about the true facts surrounding the 2005 flood.
For those efforts, Rosenthal has been honored with numerous awards, including the Hall of Fame Award of the Louisiana Center for Women and Government (2008), the Service Above Self Award of the Rotary Club of New Orleans (2009), and the Role Model Award of the Young Leadership Council (2012).
In 2009, Rosenthal received the Alumnae Association's Alumnae Loyalty Award, which was presented to her for both the quantity and quality of her volunteer service to the College. Rosenthal has served as president, treasurer, and B&B host of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Club of New Orleans. She has also served as book award coordinator for the Office of Admission. During Hurricane Katrina, she continued all her volunteer work with the College and helped fellow alumnae in need, even when she herself had been displaced.
Rosenthal, an advocate for the 55 percent of the American population living in counties protected by levees, also serves as director of the nonprofit Stephen and Sandy Rosenthal Family Foundation in New Orleans. She has been a blogger for the Huffington Post since 2009.