Staff Directory

Executive Leadership

Michael Hecht

President & CEO
Greater New Orleans, Inc.
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Senior Staff

Grady Fitzpatrick

Senior Vice President, Business Development
Grady leads the Business Development team responsible for increasing jobs and investment throughout the 10-parish region of Greater New Orleans. The team focuses on retention and expansion of existing industry, as well as business recruitment of our key industry clusters.
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Rachel Shields

Chief of Staff
Rachel is a member of the senior strategy team, and manages the activities of the organization’s Boards and Committees including the Executive Board of Directors, the NextGen Council, and the SoLA Super Region Committee. As well, Rachel produces the organization’s major events including the Annual Luncheon which draws well over 1,000 attendees, international business missions and the Emerge Summit Young Professionals Conference.
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Jeff Teague

Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration
Greater New Orleans, Inc.
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Sara Bradford

Director of Investor Relations
Sara leads GNO, Inc.’s investor relations and philanthropic fundraising efforts. She is responsible for strengthening relationships with current investors as well as initiating relationships with new investors. In addition, she works to identify and secure new sources of funding for GNO, Inc. initiatives and programs, including through foundation support and competitive grants.
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Ileana Ledet

Vice President of Policy
Ileana leads GNO, Inc.’s legislative affairs efforts as well as the day-to-day policy operations at the organization. She works closely with partners in developing and advancing policies that further GNO, Inc.’s mission of creating a region where present and future generations will thrive.
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Matt Wolfe

Vice President of Brand & Marketing
Matt oversees the branding of the Greater New Orleans region as a business-friendly location to hundreds of companies targeted for relocation. These duties include design of print and web products such as recruitment books, informational posters, and the management and development websites such as WorkNOLA or Destination GNO. His work also positions the organization as a major asset for the region’s economic growth. In addition to these marketing tasks, Matt has direct involvement with business development activities that technology sector growth, including key involvement with the Digital Media Alliance, Collision, and the recruitment of companies into the market.
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Professional Team

Anthony Bodin

Director of Business Development
Anthony manages corporate attraction and lead generation initiatives. He is responsible for identifying new opportunities for Greater New Orleans by proactively marketing the region to domestic and international prospects. He works closely with regional partners on executing economic development projects across strategic industry sectors.
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Jasmine Brown

Public Policy Manager
Jasmine assists in the development and management of GNO, Inc.’s state and federal legislative platforms. Specifically, she leads GNO, Inc. on all coastal resilience initiatives and relationships. She is also one of the leaders of the Economic Mobility Action Plan, which is a collection of efforts tailored to advance and foster inclusive wealth creation.
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Harrison Crabtree

Senior Associate, Research & Policy
Harrison oversees GNO, Inc.’s research efforts. He is responsible for the interpretation of demographic and market research along with the management of GNO, Inc. research based reports. His work also includes public-policy based research and analysis related to key policy issues. In addition to his research and policy tasks, Harrison assists the communications team with social media initiatives.
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Evie Poitevent

Human Capital Manager
Evie provides orientation “concierge services” for new companies and relocating executives, including quality of life and “trailing spouse” assistance; neighborhood driving tours; schools support; and more. She assists local and new, incoming talent with career-related resources and connections, and supports regional companies with connections to local talent. Additionally, Evie facilitates relationship building with and amongst regional higher education institutions, the nonprofit community & regional business partners through outreach and support efforts.
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Gary Silbert

Business Development Manager
Gary works closely with State and Regional Partners, Site Selectors, business owners, and corporate executives in assisting industrial prospects with expansions and relocations including: Site selection, State and local incentives, infrastructure, permitting and other related issues. Additionally, Gary focuses on the military missions based in southeast Louisiana.
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Josh Tatum

Program Manager
Josh is responsible for managing GNO Inc.'s signature workforce development program, GNOu, and additional workforce development initiatives that will provide sustainable pipelines for jobs of today and tomorrow. He also works on environmental and resilience initiatives as catalysts for wealth generation in Southeast Louisiana. Josh aids in the management of grants for GNO, Inc. initiatives and programs, including through foundation support.
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Brandon Williams

Director of Finance & Administration
Brandon is responsible for fiscal matters including grants management, invoicing, processing payments, and ensuring compliance with organizational reporting requirements.
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Administrative Team

Dawn Hickey Greatrex

Operations Assistant
Dawn serves as the Operations Assistant to Policy, Finance, and Corporate Relations.
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Grace Hoefer

Special Assistant to the CEO & Chief of Staff
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Denise Washington

Executive Assistant
Denise Washington serves as the Executive Assistant to Business Development Team
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