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.
Born and raised in New Orleans and of Honduran descent, Maria Andrade holds more than a decade of experience in workforce development, implementing programs that train, award industry-based credentials, and secure employment for youth and adults in healthcare, advanced manufacturing, construction, and green infrastructure. Maria previously served as training manager for Delgado Community College’s Office of Workforce Development and Technical Education, leading and overseeing training and grant initiatives and strategically coordinating training programs with community-based organizations and business and industry partners. She obtained a B.A. in Public Administration from Southern University at New Orleans and her M.A. in Public Administration at the University of New Orleans. Having raised three sons as a single mother, Maria understands the value of social programs that helped her achieve a better life for herself and her family. She now seeks ways to pay it forward through her career in public service, working to effect systemic change that will provide underserved and hardest-to-serve communities with equal access to educational and employment opportunities.
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.
Born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from Edna Karr High School, Donte Henry attended LA Green Corps in 2016. He is now back as the new Training Manager. Donte has been interested in construction since he was a little kid when he spent much of his time playing in a construction safety vest. It wasn’t until after Hurricane Katrina when he was 10 years old, that he was granted the opportunity to work with his dad and uncles to help rebuild their home and help others. Since graduating from LA Green Corps, Donte has worked for large construction companies doing major projects. Donte was able to make a career out of the knowledge and certifications that he earned from LA Green Corps and is now back to help other individuals get the same opportunities that he did.
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.
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.
Hakim Kashif, Life Coach, Positive Behavioral Interventionist and Inspirational Speaker serves as a guiding light in his community. Working tirelessly in his community to save the youth and aid others with finding their true purpose in life. He is also the Founder of Supreme Intervention, a Behavioral Intervention Program for at-risk students and youth.
Mr. Kashif graduated from Southern University at New Orleans, May 12, 2018 with a Bachelor Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology. His professional accomplishments include: Certification in Moral Reconation Therapy as a Cognitive Behavioral Peer Support Group Facilitator. Mr. Kashif is an ex-offender, who served 17 years in Federal Prison.
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.
“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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