Staff and board

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 #15 Freret (which should be much more frequent) the #91 Jackson-Esplanade, and the #94 Broad.

Matthew Hendrickson – Policy Director

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.

Lawrence Mason III – Engagement Coordinator

As Engagement Coordinator, Lawrence works with transit riders in the Coalition for Quality Transit – our grassroots, rider-led organizing group – to craft campaigns and projects intended to improve transit service in the New Orleans region. Prior to his work with Ride New Orleans, Lawrence honed his skills in a number of constituent relations positions, most recently in the Office of Presidential Correspondence in the second term of the Obama Administration. He is a graduate of McDonogh 35 and received his undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a current master’s candidate at the University of New Orleans in the Public Administration program. His favorite candy is Air Heads. If you see him on the #94 Broad coming to or from New Orleans East, be sure to say hello!


Board of Directors

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

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

Jennifer Terry – Secretary
Transportation and Urban Planning Consultant, JOAB Professional Services

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

Buddy Boe
Senior Advisor, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor

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

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

Nina P. Red
Retired Medical Transcriptionist and Community Health Leader

Jeff Schwartz
Executive Director, Broad Community Connections