Ryan Mattingly

Executive Director

Born in New Orleans, Ryan has a deep loyalty to this city. Over the last sixteen years, Ryan's academic and professional efforts have been guided by the goal of helping transform our city’s neighborhoods into healthy communities by improving quality access to education, jobs, and housing for all.  After seeing the destruction from Hurricane Katrina firsthand, Ryan immediately knew he wanted to be part of the solution as the city recovered. During this time, he has worked closely with a wide range of New Orleans youth, employers and training providers, as a college and career readiness program manager, school transformation facilitator and as a classroom teacher. Most recently, Ryan led the workforce development functions of the City of New Orleans YouthWorks program. Prior to serving as the leader of the city's YouthWorks program, Ryan served as the Senior Manager for the Earn and Learn Career Pathways Program at Tulane University and as the Louisiana Field Manager of the Johns Hopkins Diplomas Now dropout prevention program. Ryan lives with his wife and two children, Lucinda and Wes, in the Fairgrounds neighborhood of New Orleans.

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Joel Holton, Program Manager

Joel B. Holton has an extensive background in construction and restoration services activities.

With over 15 years of combined residential and commercial construction, remediation, and restoration experience, we have been in the business of providing safe and healthy environments for clients throughout the Greater New Orleans and Gulf South region. 

Mr. Holton is a Louisiana licensed home improvement and mold remediation contractor  that holds several environmental certifications from state, national, and internationally recognized agencies such as the IICRC, EPA, OSHA, and LDEQ. 

Hammie Donato Jr.

Green Jobs Lead Instructor

Hammie Donato is a lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. His passion for construction began as a skilled trade apprentice working with his father who was a 2nd generation labor union carpenter. Hammie charted his own course, by acquiring a business administration degree from the University of New Orleans, and went on to successfully operate his own construction business for 15 years focusing on emerging green building practices.

Hammie is committed to passing the trade onto the next generation. Before the pandemic, he trained young students towards earning their Federal EPA Certification and provided NCCER Core and HVAC instruction. Hammie decided to join the Louisiana Green Corps team to continue preparing the next generation of construction professionals.

In his spare time, Hammie enjoys spending time in nature and the gymnasium. Hunting, fishing, swimming and weight resistance training are some of his favorite past times.

Jansom Jones

Case Manager

Jansom Jones, born and raised in White Castle, LA, has over 5 years of experience providing support and services to young adults and their families. Jansom found his passion of wanting to help others better themselves while in high school, which lead him to pursue an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA in the spring of 2016 and an Executive Master's of Public Administration in the spring of 2018, also from Southern University. 

Jansom has had the luxury of working in different capacities, such as behavioral and mental health, case management, housing, and state social services, to help cater to the immediate needs of the people and community served. As a first-generation college graduate, Jansom understands the economic challenges faced by some communities, as he is a product of a similar community. 
Here at LAGC, Jansom is committed to helping the participants of the program eliminated any barriers that may seem to hinder them from their success.

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Tracy Landry

Louisiana Green Corps Career and Employment Specialist

Tracy Landry is a proud native of New Orleans she was educated at Warren Easton Fundamental High School.   Tracy attended Southern University at New Orleans, where she earned a Bachelor and Master Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health.

Having begun her professional career as a Health and Mental Health Case Manager with various Nonfit agencies, Tracy felt that it was time for a change.  She began working in the Secondary Educational level in the Department of Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention.

Shortly thereafter, Tracy transition into the arena as a Career Placement Specialist with New Orleans Job Corps.  She began to see the need for her community’s youth to be educated in gainful employment skills.  Tracy is very passionate about putting back into the youth of the world today.   

In the words of the Dolia Lama, “When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts”. Therefore, all that Tracy does is not for accolades it’s her commitment as a parent to set an example for her children that it’s not always about what someone can do for you, but what you can do to uplift and pour into others.

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Maggie Mahoney

Program Coordinator

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Maggie came to New Orleans in 2011 to serve as an Americorps member with City Year New Orleans. She worked as a full-time tutor and mentor at an alternative high school, and then as a Team Leader, supervising mentors at a local elementary school, and partnering with community organizations on community-informed outreach. Maggie's work has always revolved around education and service to community, whether serving as a SELA Community Liaison for the Sewerage & Water Board, or as an adjunct instuctor in Sociology at Tulane University.

Most recently Maggie worked as a Data Consultant with The Children's Bureau of New Orleans, and as the Case Manager at Louisiana Green Corps. In addition to her data and operations role at LAGC, she is currently writing her dissertation at Tulane University's City, Culture, and Community PhD program on the social factors in the wrongful convictions of women.

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Demetriana Smith

Administrative Specialist
Born and raised in New Orleans a graduate of Warren Easton Senior High School, Demetriana has over 8 years in administrative/ clerical experience.  Demetriana is committed to the Green Corps mission and seeing growth and positivity in her community.

Teresa Kenny

Teresa has over 10 years of experience in finance, human resources & organizational management working in a variety of environments. Her business, OfficeOps, provides human resources, bookkeeping and finance administration to non-profits in the New Orleans area.

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Sydney Gray

Grant Writer and Development Specialist

Sydney Gray is an internationally recognized grant writer, social entrepreneur, and community organizer. Over the last 10 years, she has honed her expertise in business development, systems engineering, impact investing and advancement, design thinking, and lean data. She has raised over $11 million from governmental and institutional funders to support economic and workforce development and has facilitated 2.1 million USD in seed investments for social enterprises.

She specializes in data-driven storytelling and supporting the development of fundraising systems & strategies based on data. Sydney supports the revenue strategy of impact organizations as Principal of GRAY Ink.  

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Quotes from Youth Construction and Conservation Corps

“The most important thing I learned was the social aspect of the workplace. I already knew what employers expect, but seeing it, practicing it, that made it real for me.”

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