A world class, multi-modal transportation system that promotes a vibrant, healthy and sustainable New Orleans region.
Enhance the quality of life in the New Orleans region by promoting safe, convenient and affordable transportation options.
Rachel Heiligman - Executive Director
Rachel is Transport for NOLA’s first Executive Director and an active voice for transportation equity. She is in charge of strategic direction and running the day-to-day operations of Transport for NOLA. Rachel spent several years working with local governments to promote sustainable urban revitalization in West Hollywood, CA and Chicago, IL. Most recently, Rachel served as the New Orleans City Planning Commission’s Senior Environmental Planner and as the Interim Program Manager for the City of New Orleans’ Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant Program. She holds a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ross Peizer – Transit Week Coordinator and Policy Intern
Ross moved to New Orleans to help with the on-going recovery efforts through Rebuilding Together. Without a car, he relied on the streetcar to get around but found the transit system unreliable leading him to Transport for NOLA where he helps to promote viable alternative transportation choices. Ross holds a degree in public relations from Boston University and is applying to graduate school to study urban planning.
Karl Tear – Policy Intern
Karl is a first year graduate student at The University of New Orleans working toward a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning where he is specializing in transportation and urban design. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio Karl previously worked for the Athens Ohio Planning Department and holds a degree in geography from Ohio University. He is a proponent for bicycle friendly streets and a frequent user of the bus system.
Jeff Schwartz – Board President
Executive Director, Broad Community Connections
New Orleans Regional Planning Commission Member
Jackie Dadakis – Secretary
Consultant, Clean Energy Solutions
Fred Neal Jr. - Treasurer
Urban Planner, Villavaso and Associates
President, EngageNOLA (non-profit organization)
Senior Analyst, The Innovation Group
Stella Cziment, Esq.
Attorney, The Orleans Public Defenders
Project Manager, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
Principal and Owner, Green Coast Enterprises
Associate, Coats Rose