Doug Ahlers is the creative force behind the development of Muriel’s Jackson Square. He has been involved in the innovative development and deployment of online services since the early 1980’s, and he helped design and build the first online shopping sites and the first online travel site. Mr. Ahlers also built the first commercial website on the Internet and created the first banner ad to appear on the Internet. He is the cofounder of Modem Media Inc., where he created comprehensive Internet strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Ahlers is a Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. As a resident and business owner in New Orleans, Mr. Ahlers has also been in the forefront of the efforts to restore vitality to the city, and in his role at Harvard, Mr. Ahlers has been instrumental in applying the resources of the University to the redevelopment needs of New Orleans. He founded the Kennedy School Broadmoor Project, a collaborative redevelopment effort between the hurricane-devastated Broadmoor neighborhood and the Kennedy School.