Andrew Jacques is the Executive Director of the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation. As Executive Director, Jacques revamped the organization by rebranding, diversifying revenue streams, and introducing a business attraction and retention/expansion strategy built upon entrepreneurship, cultural arts, digital media, industrial, retail, and traditional St. Bernard business clusters. Jacques has also launched and grown initiatives focused on professional development, coastal outreach, entrepreneurship, and incentives.
Jacques began his economic development career in 2011 with the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) where he concentrated on corporate relocation, business retention/expansion, and retail attraction. Jacques was responsible for project management and lead generation.
Prior to joining NOLABA, Jacques launched, oversaw, and operated Lazy City Designs, a locally focused apparel company.
Jacques is involved in numerous organizations, serving on the Board of Directors of GNO, Inc., Court Watch NOLA, and the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce. He is also a committee member on the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Young Professional Advisory Committee and the St. Bernard Chamber’s Emerging Professionals Council. Jacques is a candidate for the IEDC Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation and was recognized as a finalist in the 2017 New Orleans Millennial Awards. Jacques holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rollins College.
Danielle Martin is the Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives at the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation. During her time at SBEDF, Martin improved the organization's digital footprint and social media presence, increased public awareness of SBEDF programs and activities, and expanded scope of SBEDF programming with Grow St. Bernard and the Shop Small Campaign. Martin spearheaded efforts to develop brand standards and integrate organizational rebrand into all new and existing collateral including graphic assets, marketing materials, and internal documents.
Martin currently oversees all communications, marketing, and branding efforts. Martin leads SBEDF program operations and ensures activities adhere to strategic objectives of strengthening public awareness, encouraging business development, and increasing corporate investment. Martin works closely with SBEDF's Board of Directors to provide insight for strategic planning and local businesses needs.
Martin has a diverse background including her role as Communications and Development Director with the St. Bernard Chamber where she led the organization through a complete rebrand and optimized CRM software utilization to increase membership retention. Prior to the St. Bernard Chamber, Martin worked with Chenevert Architects on multi-million dollar projects and with LSU Office on Community Design and Development.
Martin is a board member for the Young Leadership Council, currently serving as the 2019 Vice President of Communications, and a board member for the Nunez Community College Foundation. Martin is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she studied Architecture and Community Design and Development. She as previously served as the chair of both the St. Bernard Young Professionals and Women's Professional Network.