In 2004, Tulane National Primate Research Center director Dr. Andrew Lackner created a permanent Community Advisory Board to establish better communication with the local community in relation to the activities of the TNPRC.
To create and maintain an atmosphere of public trust and confidence between the TNPRC and the community.
The Community Advisory Board provides an ongoing opportunity for the discussion of and sharing of information between the TNPRC and its various stakeholders.
The objectives of the Community Advisory Board are:
The CAB members are responsible for providing guidance on TNPRC activities that may have a real or perceived impact on the community. They review, as necessary, activities, incidents and programs, and provide feedback on any concerns. Meetings of the CAB are held every six months.
The CAB is comprised of a balanced representation of the community, consisting of at least ten and no more than twelve participants drawing one from each of the following stakeholder groups:
Committee members serve for one-year terms and are replaced or re-appointed annually, with the exception of the COO of the TNPRC. The CAB will invite nominations from the community for members. Following a review of the nominations, nominated members will be recommended to the Director of the TNPRC.