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 directs our campaigns, oversees staff, and works with our board to develop our overall strategy. He also heads up our communications and fundraising efforts. Alex came to Ride New Orleans after honing his transportation advocacy 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 managed staff; oversaw the group’s strategic campaigns in DC, Maryland, and Virginia; and led fundraising efforts.  Before his work in transit advocacy, Alex developed his leadership skills and strategic sense in the world of politics and national advocacy. He managed several closely-watched congressional races, organized targeted constituencies in the 2008 presidential primaries, and led 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. He spends his free time watching the caterpillars eat his tomato and pepper plants and exploring our great city by bus and bike (his favorite bus lines are the #91 Jackson-Esplanade and #94 Broad)

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.

Stephanie Jackson – Community Organizer

Stephanie works to increase transit rider engagement, increase membership in the Coalition for Quality Transit, and win specific transit improvements. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in English, with a focus on Multicultural Women’s Studies, as well as a certificate in African American Studies. After college, Stephanie was a union organizer and later a strategic researcher in the labor movement.  She then taught English in China and Venezuela for 3 years. After returning home, she obtained an MA in Secondary Education from National Louis University. Her main area of interest was developing curricula for minority education, for the purpose of developing self-empowerment and breaking cycles of poverty. After her studies, she taught English, Spanish, and History in Chicago and New Orleans. She loves New Orleans and looks forward to getting her next Muses shoe to add to her collection.

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

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