Jared Zeller has split most of his professional career between the arts and industrial distribution, with a short time spent abroad in South Korea while enlisted with the U.S. Army. Zeller is the founder and executive officer of the MotherShip Foundation, host of the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, and has spent the last fifteen years promoting and producing entertainment events in the New Orleans area, as a career and hobby. His projects have been covered by local, national, and international media, including the Discovery Channel, HBO, New York Times, Offbeat Magazine, The Weather Channel, and WWLTV. After receiving a BS in Business Management from the University of New Orleans in 2006, he became an adjunct professor at Delgado Community College teaching Introduction to Music Business and Music Entrepreneurship. Following Hurricane Katrina, Zeller founded the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival in 2006 as a way to revitalize a neighborhood in peril. This grassroots community festival has become one of New Orleans signature events, drawing thousands of locals and visitors to a once devastated neighborhood. Zeller’s work has been acknowledged by numerous organizations, including awards from OffBeat Magazine, which is considered to be “the music resource” of Louisiana. In 2007, Gambit Weekly recognized him as one of New Orleans’ “Forty under Forty” for his work on the venture. In 2015, Zeller celebrated ten years as the founder and executive officer of the MotherShip Foundation and was acknowledged with a proclamation from the City of New Orleans for producing an economically and environmentally sustainable festival. Recently, he received “The Green Spirit Award” from Parkway Partners and a real estate license from the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.