Green Light New Orleans
P.O.Box 13564
New Orleans, LA 70185

Green Light New Orleans
8203 Jeannette Street
New Orleans, LA 70118


TUE-SAT 9AM - 12PM 1PM - 5PM phone number: 504-324-2429
Closed December 25 - January 2nd

Teaching garden:
2420 Cambronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Community garden:
4864 Desire Drive
New Orleans, LA 70126
our team:  
Andreas Hoffmann - Executive Director Green Light New Orleans

Andreas Hoffmann, executive director

direct phone number: 504-342-4966

Andreas founded Green Light New Orleans in 2006. He is a musician, and before founding the organization, he toured internationally with his band B-Goes. Andreas grew up in Switzerland and moved to New Orleans in 1993. He is a graduate of the University of Bern with a BA in German, French, English and Arts and is a certified teacher. Andreas obtained the Permaculture Design Certificate in 2015.

Mia Rodriguez

Helena Beckstead, Serve Louisiana Corps Member, Garden Program

phone number: 504-324-2429

Helena was born and raised on the eastern shore of Maryland surrounded by agricultural fields and an estuarine landscape. She recently graduated from Tulane University in May 2018 with degrees in International Relations and Environmental Studies. She is excited to spend time in the outdoors serving as the Garden Coordinator for Green Light New Orleans in affiliation with Serve Louisiana. Previously, she has interned with the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy in pursuit of her interest in water law and management. At Green Light she will be drawing on her experience volunteering in gardens in her hometown and around New Orleans.

LEah Baer

Jessica Caines, Serve Louisiana Corps Member, Volunteer coordination and Social Media

phone number: 504-324-2429

Jessie graduated from Tulane University in May 2018 and studied environmental studies and public health. She fell in love with the culture, art, and of course, the food, in New Orleans and couldn’t bear to leave after graduation. Jessie served on Green Light’s board of directors her senior year of college and was thrilled at the opportunity to continue working with Green Light through Serve Louisiana, an Americorps program. Her current position at GLNO is managing technology, volunteers, and outreach.

Eva Maria Jungmayer

Eva-Maria Jungmayer, World Horizon Member

phone number: 504-324-2429

Eva-Maria Jungmayer is a German volunteer serving through the organization World Horizon ( for eleven months. She recently graduated from high school in Germany and she's happy her first time in the US is to work with such a cool organization!

Meredith Prentice

Meredith Prentice, Serve Louisiana Corps Member, Rain Barrel Program

phone number: 504-324-2429

Meredith recently received her Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental & Sustainability Studies from Northern Arizona University. Her time spent in NOLA as a kid eating gas station po’ boys and grasshopper snoballs solidified her love for the city and its people, planting the seed that one day she would move to the big easy. Serving as Green Light’s Rain Barrel Project Coordinator as a Serve Louisiana Americorps Member, she is excited to learn about and get involved in storm water management strategies happening throughout the city.

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Board of Directors:  
Jeff Lott Rebecca Madura, president
Rebecca, a native New Orleanian, is a visual artist and a certified art educator with 28 years experience. She received a BA in Fine Arts(Studio) and a BA in French from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an instructor at New Orleans Museum of Art where she also serves on the Educational Advisory Board. She has also been involved with YAYA, Inc. as an instructor, consultant, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. In 2017, she earned a Non-Profit Management Certificate from UT, and is presently enrolled in the MLA Program at Tulane University. She continues to pursue her own art and actively exhibits locally. Rebecca’s work can be seen at Where Y’art Gallery and website, and recently, on several GLNO rainbarrels.
Erika Nolan Erika Nolan, secretary
Born and raised in New Orleans, Erika is the Founder of Instar Farms. Through Instar, she designs, installs and maintains Edible Gardens and Sustainable Landscapes. Erika has her Bachelor of Psychology, Certification of Horticultural Studies and License in Landscape Horticulture. Her company focuses heavily on social media as an outlet for education. With Erika’s broad spectrum of experience in running a successful business along with marketing strategy, Erika intends to support efficient and successful operation of Green Light New Orleans.
Herb Smith Herb Smith, treasurer
Herb is originally from Houma Louisiana, he has spent the last 9 years of his life living and working in the Uptown area of New Orleans. Currently Herb works as a Financial Center Leader at the Fidelity Bank in Uptown New Orleans. Herb graduated from Nicholls State University in 1997 with a BS in Management. He has over 22 years of work experience, 15 years in banking, and 5 years in project management. .
Laura McKinney Laura McKinney, director
Laura is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tulane University. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from University of North Alabama in 2004, her master’s degree in sociology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006, and her PhD in sociology from North Carolina State University in 2012. She joined the faculty at Tulane in 2012 where she instructs courses in sociology and environmental studies.
Allisyn Swift Allisyn L. Swift, director
Allisyn holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Tulane University and specializes in trauma-focused school psychology. Her dissertation was titled Toward a Local Model of Teacher Professional Development for Social-emotional Learning for Elementary Teachers of Urban Minority Youth.
Ester Wensink Ester Wensink, director
As strategic leader in the field of Knowledge Management, specifically in Content Management, Training, Change Management and Project Management, Ester has contributed to the success and professionalization of organizations in the US, Europe and the Middle East. With her broad experience in international setting, variety of industries and sizes of organizations, she gives strategic guidance and implements Business Process Improvement in the areas of People, Processes and Systems.
  Green Light New Orleans is a 501c3 non-profit organization
EIN 20-8151937
Advisory Board: Clemson(SC) - New Orleans(LA) - Lubbock(TX)
  Dr. Terry H. Walker (Clemson, NC)
Dr. Terry H. Walker is a Professor of Biosystems Engineering at Clemson University. He has over 20 years of experience in sustainable bioprocessing. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering in 1997 at the University of Tennessee in cooperation with the Chemical Technology and Life Science Divisions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was an assistant professor at LSU before arriving at Clemson as an associate professor in 2002. His research interests are primarily in biofuels and co-products from fungal and algal fermentation, bioproduct separations and bioavailability studies. He has co-authored a book entitled "Biofuels Engineering Process Technology" with Drs. Caye Drapcho and John Nghiem. He has great concerns for our current global climate crisis and strongly advocates the switch to renewable energy and sustainable food systems with a sense of immediate urgency. His focus is on both engineering and social solutions through resilient biosystems related energy, agriculture, food and water that works with natural systems rather than against. He helped establish GreenLight SC, an umbrella non-profit organization under GreenLight New Orleans directed by Andreas Hoffman that addresses energy efficiency, sustainable food and poverty.
  Prisca Weems (New Orleans, LA)
As Principal of FutureProof, Prisca supports the design and development of projects with aggressive resilience and sustainability goals, and provides strategy and oversight in the design and execution of community and regional-scale initiatives. Working with the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, she has most recently been focused on system-scale strategies and policy development for urban and coastal climate adaptation. Prisca holds a MArch and an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Sciences with a specialty in Urban Water Systems. She is a LEED AP, Living Building Ambassador, and an Enterprise Technical Assistance Provider.
  Lindsay John Reed (Lubbock, TX)
Lindsay is an educator with 25 years experience in higher education and a proven record of managing classroom instruction and individual tutoring. He is the founder of the Tech Renewable Energy Society at Texas Tech and is an active member of Citizens Climate Lobby.
  Peter Mani (Bern, Switzerland)
Peter graduated from the Geographic Institute of the University of Bern. Now he is a member of the management of Geo7 , a small private company working in the field of geoscience. As a senior expert his work is focused on climate change impact and related adaptation on natural hazards, especially on floods. Beside this he is engaged in projects, dealing with energy planning and the implementation of renewable energy.
Switzerland is far advanced in the field of adaptation on natural hazards. This is the reason why Peter wants to get involved with Green Light New Orleans and in doing this, contribute to a resilient society.
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logo:Green Light New Orleans Magnolia painting: Jennie Hammatt
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