Board of Directors

A Message From AEDF President D’Juan Hernandez

Dear Algiers Business & Community Partners and Future Investors,

AEDF works with numerous business and community leaders to identify economic opportunities, assist businesses in policy and opportunity development as well as tackle difficult policy issues that could ultimately impair the economic brand we have worked so hard to develop. As we work to develop economic opportunities for Algiers and the region, we will continue to build on the strong relationships we share with our regional partners.

I am also humbled and honored to have been chosen by my fellow colleagues to serve as the new Chairman of the Board for the Algiers Economic Development Foundation. I am particularly humbled to have been chosen to serve on the heels of our outgoing Chairman, Christopher Kane. Chris has been a transformative leader for AEDF, building a strong infrastructure and leading us into a new era.

As we look to the future, AEDF will continue providing strong leadership as well as a bold and innovative vision that has become synonymous with our brand. We will work towards results that sustain our vibrant and stable quality of life.

Thank You,
D’Juan Hernandez
President, Algiers Economic Development Foundation


The mission of AEDF is to build a sustainable, business friendly environment that grows investments and jobs in Westbank New Orleans through advocacy, marketing and business development, recruitment and retention.

Executive Committee

Derrick Martin
Executive Director Algiers
Economic Development Foundation
D’Juan Hernandez
President and CEO
Sun Energy Group
Christopher J. Kane
Adams and Reese, LLP
Stanton McNeely, PhD
Director, Institutional Research &
Fletcher Community Technical College
Carole Cukell Neff
Attorney at Law, Certified Estate
Planning & Administration Specialist
Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel LLC
Paul Richard
Commercial Investments
NAI Latter & Blum


Board of Directors

Ronald J. Ambrosetti, PhD
Our Lady of Holy Cross College
Tim Bracey
Account Manager
Premier Hospitality Solutions
Anna Burrell
Simply Bella, Inc LLC
Travis Capers
Ochsner Medical Center-West Bank
Lee Cuicchi
Corporate Operations Manager
The KFK Group
William Davis, Retired Colonel
New Orleans Military & Maritime Academy
Fay Faron
“The Ferry God-Mother”
Friends of the Ferry
Preston J. Favorite
Entergy New Orleans
Lisa Foret
Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager
Whitney Bank (Algiers Branch)
Tamara Griffin-Major
Minute Clerk/Chief of Staff
Second City Court
Christine Hoffman
Executive Director
Tulane University
Jennifer Plauche Liffmann, CPA
Owner & CFO
Stone Source International, Inc.
Larissa Littleton-Steib
Vice Chancellor for Workforce
Development and Education
Delgado Community College
Charlie Mackles, CPA, CFE
Algiers Charter School Association
Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb
MG Consulting
Tonia Moore
Associate Director
LA Public Health Institute (TFL)
Lourdes Moran
Accounts Receivables Manager
Coface Collections
Glenn Orgeron
Kean Miller
Carol Osborne
Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group
Kenneth Eric Pickering
Pickering & Associates, Inc.
Todd Riche
Development Project Manager
HRI/ECC-Federal City
Ed Robinson
L & R Security Services Inc
Theo Sanders
Renee Smith
Degan Blanchard & Nash LLC
Joe Stephens
Certified Financial Planner, Practitioner
Stephens Financial Services
Kristine Strickland, PhD
Executive Dean
Delgado Community College-Westbank
Frank Williams
Greater New Orleans Education Foundation
Sean Wilson
International School of Louisiana

AEDF Committees

Governmental Affairs / Regional Committee

AEDF’s Governmental Affairs / Regional committee serves as a conduit between Algiers residents and leadership at the local and regional levels. The committee places strategic emphasis on educating and engaging the community on pertinent issues relating to economic development.

Executive Committee

AEDF’s Executive Committee guides the organization’s mission, strategic vision and financial vitality in light of the organization’s founding principles, current initiatives and future plans for Algiers.

Development Committee

The Development committee secures resources to provide a solid financial base, which enables AEDF to fulfill its mission and achieve its vision and strategic goals.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee plans and oversees AEDF’s budget and seeks opportunities to seek opportunities to enhance economic development and community needs.

Marketing Committee

AEDF’s marketing committee incorporates comprehensive outreach strategies to leverage AEDF’s brand and visibility while preserving the cultural and economic significance of Algiers as a local and regional stakeholder. The committee works with regional and state economic development agencies, private sector leaders, and elected officials on site selection and opportunities for new businesses while solidifying growth of the current business sector.



Annual Luncheon Committee

Annually, AEDF board members, volunteers and staff work collectively to coordinate an Annual Luncheon/meeting, which highlights AEDF’s successful progression throughout the year. AEDF also announces its incoming Board of Directors during this event.

Education Committee

AEDF’s Education Committee leads the Algiers community in developing dynamic partnerships among business, labor, education, community and governmental entities to strengthen workforce development, ensure economic prosperity and enhance the academic performance of students.

Healthcare Needs Study Committee

Healthcare accessibility and services are an important part of the overall landscape of Algiers. AEDF’s Healthcare Needs Study Committee evaluates the current level of healthcare access in Algiers, determines needs, identifies solutions and develops plans to meet health care goals. The committee strongly advocates for healthcare accessibility that covers all Algiers neighborhoods and socio-economic levels for physical and mental health issues.

Film & Video Industry Committee

The Film & Video Industry Committee plays an integral role in providing Algiers businesses with information and resources needed to take advantage of Louisiana’s growing film industry.