New Orleans 500 Close-Up: Jacquelyn Dadakis

President and CEO of Green Coast Enterprises

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Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Master of City Planning); Claremont McKenna College (BA in Economics)

Fave New Orleans restaurant? The Franklin

Fave festival? Blackpot Festival, which celebrates Cajun culture and cooking in Vermilionville

Fave hidden gem? Meals from the Heart in the French Market

What’s something exciting on the horizon for your company/organization? The opening of the New Orleans Homeownership Center on Freret Street

What advice would you give to others? Be nice to everyone you meet.


Did you know?

Dadakis took over as CEO of Green Coast Enterprises in 2020. The company has developed or co-developed a number of New Orleans properties, including the Greenway Apartments, the BonVi Apartments and the Pythian. Led by Dadakis, GCE has secured contracts with numerous nonprofits and has become the energy auditing firm for more than 100 city owned properties. Dadakis joined the company in 2013 to launch GCE Services, a consulting firm that provides services to property owners, municipalities and utilities seeking to be more energy efficient.