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 Brand Management & Community Relations Associate of 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 updates the website optimized with SEO utilization, manages social media channels and creates content, authors press releases and media advisories, assists in planning and execution of special programs, performs research activities related to marketing, business development, and site selection, maintains email communications, and designs all supporting graphics.
Martin has a diverse background including her role as Communications and Development Director with the St. Bernard Chamber where she lead 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 has extensive knowledge of the needs of local small businesses as a marketing and development consultant and co-owner of Move Dat Fitness.
Martin is involved in several community-based organization serving as the 2016-2017 Chair of the St. Bernard Emerging Professional Council, Co-Chair of the Women's Professional Network, and Executive Committee Member for Leadership St. Bernard, and Communications Committee member for New Orleans Young Leadership Council. Martin graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2012. She was a member of the LSU Women's Track and Field Team and 4-Time All-SEC Honor Roll recipient.