Don Purser

Office of Business and External Services
New Orleans, LA

DON PURSER has a demonstrated record of progressive roles across various enterprises. Don possesses a well-proven history of providing effective strategic leadership and overseeing business functions to ensure optimal performance. Don is an accomplished change agent with success in improving operations by implementing innovative processes and strategies most recently with Subway Restaurants in developing industry-leading programs and services for over 10,500 Subway franchisees (27,000 restaurants) in North America that centered on operational and energy efficiencies. Don earned a double BS degrees from Northwestern State University in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.



In the City of New Orleans, small businesses account for nearly a third of all companies, and over 40% of businesses are minority-owned. However, New Orleans has faced crippling business disruptions throughout the pandemic, with Black and Latino-owned businesses feeling the economic strains more acutely. To support business growth and resilience post pandemic, FUSE will partner with the City of New Orleans to help eliminate barriers to permitting and licensing for local businesses in the city, particularly for women and minority-owned small businesses.