New & Notable: Jackie Dadakis

President and CEO, Green Coast Enterprises

Newnotable Jackie Dadakis

While Green Coast Enterprises is renowned as a leader in environmentally friendly construction — with local projects including the Pythian Building and Pythian Market — the company is much more than just a builder and developer.

“My top priority is expanding the cadre of developers in Southeast Louisiana that are committed to green building,” said Jackie Dadakis, the recently named president and CEO of Green Coast. “The group is really growing, and we need to be a reliable source of information for them.”

Dadakis joined the company in 2013, and rose to the position of chief operating officer, where she expected to remain, but when founder Will Bradshaw decided to open the door to new leadership, Dadakis stepped in as CEO in November 2020. “A unique year for us to make this transition,” she noted drily.

While she enjoys supporting other firms, Dadakis said Green Coast’s own projects give her the most satisfaction.

“I love walking on our job sites and seeing the buildings come out of the ground,” she said.

In addition to climate change, Green Coast focuses heavily on affordable housing. The company is currently working on a pilot project to produce scattered-site affordable housing using manufactured homes.

“This will help address the jack-o-lantern effect that is still visible in so many neighborhoods,” observed Dadakis. “We are being very intentional with our design, so that the houses will fit well with their surroundings.

“We are at a unique moment to get serious about the affordability of our housing stock,” she added. “I hope to be part of the solution.”