JEDCO Welcomes New Appointments To Board Of Commissioners
AVONDALE, LA – The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) welcomed several new faces to its Board of Commissioners in 2016.
Over the last several months, JEDCO received five new appointments to the Board. Chaired by long-time JEDCO Board Member, Mark Madderra, the JEDCO Board works closely with the JEDCO staff to achieve the organization's mission of attracting, retaining, and expanding business in Jefferson Parish. Individuals who serve on the JEDCO Board represent area business organizations and parish leaders.
Stephen Robinson, Jr. will represent new Parish President Michael Yenni on the JEDCO Board. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Ochsner Medical Center- Kenner with over 14 years of progressive health care leadership. Robinson is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has previously served on the United Way Council for St. Tammany Parish, the North Shore Business Council and the North Shore Healthcare Alliance.
The Women's Business Enterprise Council-South nominated Teresa Lawrence to represent the organization on the JEDCO Board. She is the owner of Delta Personnel, a staffing agency based out of Metairie. Lawrence is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program as well as a representative on the Women's Enterprise National Forum. Lawrence has won a number of awards and recognition over the years, including the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year award, the 2015 Jefferson Chamber's Women Owned Business of the Year, the 2015 Ernst and Young Women of Odyssey, the 2015 Women Business Enterprise National Council Business Star award, and many others. Lawrence belongs to the Louisiana Minority Business Council Board, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Executive Women International Board. She is also the regional director for the Women's Business Enterprise-South.
Chris Roberts, the Councilman-at-Large for Division A, appointed Lloyd Clark to serve as his representative on the JEDCO Board. Clark is a lifelong resident of the Jefferson Parish West Bank. He worked in the Jefferson Parish Public School System as a teacher, Dean of Students, School Administrator, and Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance. He retired in 2008 and serves as a board member of the Jefferson Financial Credit Union, Jefferson Community Health Center, and the Prince Hall Youth Board. Lloyd is also a military veteran.
Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib, PhD, was nominated by the Greater New Orleans Black Chamber of Commerce to serve on the JEDCO Board. Littleton-Steib is the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development and Technical Education at Delgado Community College. She is on the Board of Directors for the Harvey Canal Industrial Association, Job 1 Workforce Investment Board, the Jefferson Parish Workforce Investment Board, CASA Jefferson and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as co-chair of the Louisiana Community & Technical College System Workforce Development Steering Committee. Littleton-Steib was honored by New Orleans CityBusiness as one of the honorees for the 2014 Women of the Year program.
Mikal P. Adler will join the JEDCO Board in April 2016 as a representative for the Jefferson Business Council. Mikal is Of Council in the Blue Williams Metairie office and has been with the firm since 1993. His practice consists primarily of general corporate, business and contractual work. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Defense Council, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans Claims Association, New Orleans Bar Association and the Jefferson Parish Bar Association.
The JEDCO Board of Commissioners appointed Mark Madderra to serve as the 2016 Chairman of the Board. Madderra represents the Apartment Association of Greater New Orleans and has served on the JEDCO Board for five years in a number of capacities. Madderra started J.M. Madderra & Company, Inc., a Metairie based Commercial Mortgage Banking firm, in 1993. He is a real estate investment banker with over 30 years of experience in mortgage banking, representing institutional investors in the financing of commercial and multi-family property. J.M. Madderra & Co. is now a part of Madderra, Cazalot & Head with offices in Dallas, Atlanta and New Orleans.
Madderra is also an officer of the Louisiana Apartment Association and a past President of the Apartment Association of Greater New Orleans. He became a member in 1994 and continues to serve on its board. In 2016, Madderra became a member of the Jefferson Business Council (JBC). Previously, Madderra served as a Commissioner to the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA) from 2001 through 2011. From 2005 to 2010, he served as Chairman of the LHFA Multi-Family Committee. This committee reviewed all matters concerning Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Tax Exempt Bonds. Madderra has also served on the boards of the Home Builders of Greater New Orleans, Boy Scouts of America, and the Metropolitan Area Council.
The Jefferson Parish President nominates one representative to serve on the JEDCO Board of Commissioners. The Parish Council nominates seven members and 13 board appointees represent local business organizations. Business representatives serve five years. Those board members nominated by the Parish Council and President serve for the duration of the nominator's term in office.
The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is the economic development organization for the parish with the main objective of attracting, growing, and creating new business in the area. JEDCO's mission is to proactively influence the economy through the retention and creation of quality jobs, entrepreneurship, and investment in Jefferson Parish. Located in the growing Churchill Technology & Business Park, JEDCO is home to a business incubator for early-stage ventures and it also operates a state-of-the-art Conference Center.