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
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.

Jillian Welsh, volunteer coordinator

Jillian moved to New Orleans in 2016 with her husband, a native New Orleanian. She was a visual journalist and illustrator for The San Francisco Chronicle before moving here. She holds a BS in Visual Communications from Ohio University. On Fridays, she teaches After School Sewing to budding sewists at Chateau Sew & Sew in the Lower Garden District. You may see her at other volunteer events where she is a Project Leader for YLC Recycles.

Brett Thorne, RainBarrel Installer
Brett Thorne moved to New Orleans from San Marcos, Texas, in 2017 to join Green Light New Orleans as an AmeriCorps member. Brett worked for a year as Green Light's Rain Barrel Program Coordinator. After completing his one-year AmeriCorps term, Brett started a breakfast taco business and began working on a master’s in urban and regional planning at the University of New Orleans. In June 2019, Brett rejoined Green Light as the Rain Barrel Program Coordinator once again. When he’s not out installing rain barrels, Brett enjoys good coffee, good music, good beer, good books and talking about urban planning and urban policy.

Kami Galeana, Staff Artist
Kami Galeana is an artist from southeast Louisiana. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Orleans with a concentration in painting. She has participated in various collectives and exhibitions in the New Orleans area for the last twenty years.

Volunteer requests: Please fill out our volunteer form
Internship applications:

email your resume and application to

Corporate team building: email
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.
Orly Ludwig Hannah Ganzel, director
Hannah is a recent transplant to New Orleans from her native state of Iowa. She works in Student Affairs at Tulane University, and is very passionate about social, economic, and environmental justice. She received her B.A. in Spanish and Film Studies in 2017. In her free time, Hannah sings in the choir at Rayne Methodist Church, experiments with cooking, and is an avid reader.
Orly Ludwig Orly Ludwig, director
Orly is a senior at Tulane University studying environmental biology. She is originally from Philadelphia. Previously an intern at GLNO, Orly is thankful for the genuine work the organization provides and she is excited to continue to support GLNO and the New Orleans community.
Alexandra Mora, director
Alexandra "Sascha" Mora is originally from New York, and feels connected to her Latin American and Swiss roots. New Orleans has been home to her for over 20 years. She is a lawyer, mediator, and hearing officer. As a lawyer, she has worked with non-profits and taken on civil rights cases. She also enjoys practicing Reiki and Jin Shin Jyutsu. Sascha expresses her commitment to the environment by carrying her own plastic cup, avoiding plastic water bottles, re-using whenever possible, and supporting organic and local businesses. She is proud to support Greenlight as a boardmember.
Justin Shaw, director
Justin Shaw moved from Doylestown, Pennsylvania to New Orleans in 2006 to attend Tulane University. While studying anthropology he met his wife and became certain that New Orleans was where he wanted to lay roots. He married the love of his life, Malise, and they recently welcomed their son, Frank, to the family. Justin works as a Financial Services Professional with New York Life helping small businesses, and the families that run them, make smart financial decisions for the future.
Will Spates Wilbert Spates, director
Will is a Mississippi native and an alumnus of Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2014. Will has 5 years of work experience in the utility industry as a plant engineer and as a transmission line design engineer. He is a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute and is pursuing a MBA.
  Green Light New Orleans is a 501c3 non-profit organization
EIN 20-8151937
Advisory Board: Clemson(SC) - New Orleans(LA) - Bern(CH)
  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 (New Orleans, LA)
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.
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.
Impact maps: View maps and graphics of the program impact here.
Impact calculation: Click here to learn how Green Light calculates the environmental impact of the programs. This includes CO2 reduction and water retention calculations.
Annual reports: View the annual reports here.
990: View the last 3 years 990 here
logo:Green Light New Orleans Magnolia painting: Jennie Hammatt
Magnolia idea: Sarah Fleming, Jennie Hammatt