About


Our vision

is a world class, multi-modal transportation system that promotes a vibrant, healthy and sustainable New Orleans region.

Our mission

is to enhance the quality of life in the New Orleans region by promoting safe, convenient and affordable transportation options.

Our Team

Alex Posorske – Executive Director

Alex is our lead visionary and strategist, coming to Ride New Orleans after five years at the Coalition for Smarter Growth, the Washington DC region’s leading advocate for increased transit investment and more walkable communities. As Managing Director at the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Alex was second-in-command – managing staff; overseeing the group’s strategic campaigns in DC, Maryland, and Virginia; and leading fundraising efforts.  During Alex’s tenure, the Coalition for Smarter Growth won a number of important transit victories, including the formal adoption of a BRT network in nearby Montgomery County, Maryland; dedicated bus lanes on 16th Street NW, one of the DC region’s three busiest bus corridors; and final approval of the 16-mile Purple Line light rail line in suburban DC. Before his work in transit advocacy, Alex honed his leadership skills and strategic sense in the world of politics and national advocacy, managing several closely-watched congressional races, organizing targeted constituencies in the 2008 presidential primaries, and leading the field campaign for a national environmental coalition. He also spent several years as a reporter covering local government and media issues. Alex graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. with a degree in Journalism.

Matthew Hendrickson – Senior Organizer and Policy Analyst 

Matthew leads Ride New Orleans’ overall work with the Coalition for Quality Transit – our grassroots, rider-led organizing arm. He also plays an important role analyzing transit policies in the region and working closely with other allied organizations. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans where obtained a Masters degree in Urban Studies with a specialization in Anthropology. His areas of research included gentrification, local economic development, and globalization. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Washington in American Ethnic Studies. Matt is originally from Seattle, WA and has lived in New Orleans since 2011. Don’t get him started on the Seahawks or Mariners this year, but go Sounders.

 

Board of Directors

Jackie Dadakis – President
Principal and Managing Director, Green Coast Enterprises

Andrew Kingsley – Treasurer
Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Fred Neal Jr. – Secretary
Urban Planner, Villavaso and Associates

Buddy Boe
Senior Advisor, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor

Eric Eagan
Director of Communications, Isidore Newman School

Evan Judge
Counsel and Director of Corporate Development, Lucid

Walt Leger, III
Leger and Shaw, Speaker Pro Tempore for the Louisiana House of Representatives

Rafe Rabalais 
Project Manager, Gulf Coast Housing Partnership

Jeff Schwartz 
Executive Director, Broad Community Connections

Phil Stelly 
Public Information Officer, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office

Lacy Strohschein 
Senior Policy and Development Associated, Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Jennifer Terry
Transportation and Urban Planning Consultant, JOAB Professional Services

Cedric Thompson 
Administrative Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs