Staff and board

Courtney Jackson – Executive Director

Courtney serves as RIDE’s Co-Executive Director and starting in February 2022 will be RIDE’s sole Executive Director, in charge of RIDE’s campaigns, fundraising and communications,  staff management, and developing overall strategy. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Courtney served as RIDE’s Organizer and Storyteller for three years, working to expand RIDE’s grassroots network of transit riders via direct organizing, relationship building, and facilitating monthly transit rider meet-ups. Before her RIDE tenure, Courtney worked in 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.

Elijah Pipersburg – Communications Manager

Born and raised in Northern California, Elijah began his commitment to public service in 2015 lobbying legislators and advocating for better community college funding as an intern for the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Public Service from the University of California in 2017, Elijah took his talents and passion for service to Washington D.C. While working in our Nation’s Capital, Elijah authored various memos and white papers on combating opioid abuse, increasing criminal justice reforms, improving the country’s infrastructure, consumer privacy, and data protection in E-commerce. In 2018, Elijah enrolled at Southern University as a dual-degree Law and Masters’s student. His previous experience in Public Transit ranges from Human Resources to Policy to Public Advocacy. Elijah is a Louisiana citizen dedicated to organizing for change, advocating for practical solutions, and winning improvements for a more positive transit experience. As Communications Manager for Ride, Elijah intends to shape a long-term narrative by capturing the deep importance of winning tangible change for world-class transit in New Orleans. Elijah describes himself as a cool, laidback person who goes with the flow just like his favorite – #88 St. Claude/Jackson Barracks

Dustin Robertson – Policy Manager

Dustin joins RIDE as the Policy Manager where he leads research and analysis of New Orleans transportation. He is an urban studies Ph.D. candidate in Tulane University’s City, Culture, and Community program. He researches mobility, transportation infrastructure, urban democracy, urbanization, housing, and fishing. Dustin grew up on a farm in rural Indiana but has since lived in numerous cities around the world including Marseille, New Delhi, and New Orleans for the past six years. You can find Dustin taking the # 39 Tulane bus that runs right past his house or fishing in one of the bodies of water in or around New Orleans. 

Board of Directors

Sebrina Bush Hillard – President
President, Insurance Design & Placement, Inc.

Diana Masters – Secretary 
Commercial Litigation Attorney, King & Jurgens, LLC

Lacy McManus – Past President
Program Manager – Employer Lead, Amazon Web Services

Annalisa Kelly – Treasurer
Strategic Initiatives Manager, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO)

Judy Stevens – Coalition for Quality Transit Chair
Certified Retinal Angiographer, Ochsner Clinic

Eli Ackerman
COO, Grow Progress

David Green
Advocate and Manufacturer, Lighthouse Louisiana

Valerie Jefferson
President, Amalgamated Transit Union Division Local 1560

Fred Neal Jr.
Urban Planner, Villavaso and Associates

Stacey Olson
Retired, former Chevron executive

Vincenzo Pasquantonio
Vola Consulting, LLC

Jennifer Terry
Transportation and Urban Planning Consultant, JOAB Professional Services

Tara Tolford
University of New Orleans Transportation Institute