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Ashleigh G. Gardere

Executive Director

Ms. Gardere has dedicated her professional career to working in community development, philanthropy, and municipal project strategy and policy development.

As an advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Ms. Gardere supports the development of and adherence to the Mayor’s strategic priorities. She administers and oversees special projects and related policy research and analysis and is responsible for the successful recruitment and alignment of public and private resources to support the Administration’s agenda.  Ms. Gardere served as the Mayor’s liaison on the Livable Claiborne Communities Study Governance Committee and initiated and led the development of The Network for Economic Opportunity in 2013.

Previously, Ms. Gardere served as Vice President of Community Relations at Chase Bank for Louisiana. She managed the firm’s philanthropic activities and coordinated Chase’s community development efforts to support revitalization across the state. During her tenure, Ms. Gardere piloted the firm’s place-based neighborhood revitalization strategy and demonstrated the power of strong partnerships with community organizations, local and federal government, and the private sector.

Before managing philanthropy at Chase, Ms. Gardere served as Director of Policy & Resource Development, then Chief of Staff for the City of New Orleans’ Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Prior to that, she spent 8 years in various strategic planning and policy development roles supporting the work of local and national nonprofit organizations with community development-oriented missions, including  Enterprise Corporation of the Delta/HOPE Community Credit Union, Center for Community Change in Washington, DC and F.B. Heron Foundation in New York.

A New Orleans native, Ms. Gardere earned a B.A. in metropolitan studies from New York University and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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