Alex Posorske – Executive Director
Alex Posorske is the Executive Director of Ride New Orleans, the New Orleans region’s leading advocate for world-class and equitable bus, streetcar, and ferry service. Alex directs RIDE’s campaigns, manages fundraising and communications, oversees staff, and works with the RIDE board to develop overall strategy. Alex previously served as Managing Director at the Coalition for Smarter Growth, the Washington DC region’s leading advocate for increased transit investments and more walkable and equitable communities. Before his work in transit advocacy, Alex developed his leadership skills and strategic sense in the world of politics and national advocacy, managing political campaigns and issue-based organizing efforts. 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 bugs eat his tomato and pepper plants, fuming about the Washington Nationals’ bullpen, forgetting his Spanish vocabulary, and traversing New Orleans by bus and bike.
Matthew Hendrickson – Policy Director and Transportation Planner
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 and has lived in New Orleans since 2011. Don’t get him started on the Seahawks or Mariners this year, but go Sounders.
Courtney Jackson – Organizer and Storyteller
Courtney works to expand RIDE’s grassroots network of transit riders through direct organizing, relationship building, and facilitating monthly transit rider meet-ups. She works with transit riders to spread their compelling individual stories of why transit improvements are so necessary for a better regional quality of life. Courtney came to RIDE New Orleans after eight years of mental health advocacy for both children and adults where she witnessed the importance of equitable and reliable transit on the lives and success of her clients. Courtney was born and raised in San Francisco, but considers New Orleans home. As an avid photographer, she often frequents her favorite place in New Orleans – the live Oaks of City park – which means you’ll probably catch her on the # 91 Jackson-Esplanade.
Board of Directors
Lacy McManus – President
Director of Program Development, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Marcelle Beaulieu – Treasurer
Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Walter J. Leger, III
Sebrina Bush Hillard- Secretary
President, Insurance Design & Placement, Inc.
Jackie Dadakis – Past President
Chief Operating Officer, Green Coast Enterprises
Executive Director, River Parishes Tourist Commission
Staff Planner, City of New Orleans Planning Commission
Strategic Initiatives Manager, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO)
Walt Leger, III
Leger and Shaw, Speaker Pro Tempore for the Louisiana House of Representatives
Fred Neal Jr.
Urban Planner, Villavaso and Associates
Nina P. Red
Retired Medical Transcriptionist and Community Health Leader
Certified Retinal Angiographer, Ochsner Clinic
Transportation and Urban Planning Consultant, JOAB Professional Services