Senior Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City of New Orleans
Ashleigh Gardere serves as a Senior Advisor to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Gardere has dedicated her professional career to working in community development, philanthropy, and municipal project strategy and policy development.
In her current role, Gardere focuses on strategies aimed at connecting more job seekers, especially men of color, to work opportunities. In addition to managing the city’s agency responsible for linking businesses run by minorities or women with city contracts, Gardere supports the revitalization of the Claiborne Corridor as the Executive Director of a cross-sector initiative called The Network for Economic Opportunity. The Network facilitates and manages partnerships among local industries, small businesses, residents, nonprofits and city agencies to drive long-term revitalization and create better economic and social outcomes for Corridor residents.
Gardere previously served as Vice President of Community Relations at Chase Bank for Louisiana. During her tenure, she piloted the firm’s place-based neighborhood revitalization strategy. A New Orleans native, 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.
Gardere was also recognized in September 2016 as one of Living Cities' 25 Disruptive Leaders working to close racial opportunity gaps.
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