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City Business Honors Jackie Dadakis as a “Women of the Year”

By Green Coast on 30 Aug 2016

Jackie fueling up and ready to volunteer in Baton Rouge
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Jackie fueling up and ready to volunteer in Baton Rouge

New Orleans City Business recently named Jackie Dadakis as one of their “Women of the Year” honorees. The paper annually recognizes 50 local women, whose “successes in business and contributions to the community have made them movers and shakers in the region.”

In her short time as managing partner of GCE Services, Jackie has numerous achievements including
• Operating a multi-faceted green building technical assistance and energy efficiency consultancy, as part of Green Coast’s overall business.
• Securing the contract as energy management consultant to the City of New Orleans. Through this work, she and her team are making the public buildings in New Orleans more comfortable and less costly, which is a benefit to all taxpayers.
• Providing ongoing operational support to local charter schools to reduce their utility and maintenance costs. On an average engagement, Jackie and her team save charter school operators the cost of one fully compensated schoolteacher per year while making the buildings more comfortable and conducive to learning.
• Leading the GCE Services team to awards from the U.S. Green Building Council and the U.S. Department of Energy.

An MIT graduate and originally from Greenwich, CT, Jackie first arrived in New Orleans to help in the cleanup following Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. She became enamored with the city’s people and culture, and moved to New Orleans as a fulltime resident in 2010. But as anyone who knows Jackie can attest to, she didn’t choose her new home simply for its qualities and attributes. She wanted to make a difference.

In 2011, Jackie joined the board of Ride New Orleans, an organization focused on bringing a world-class transit system to the Greater New Orleans area, and is currently serving as board chair. She believes strongly in clean, affordable energy options and worked to ensure these for Louisiana ratepayers during her term (September 2014-July 2016) as the board president of the Alliance for Affordable Energy.

Jackie still finds time to play and competes in the Crescent City Soccer League. Not surprisingly, her team, Satsuma’s Revenge, which she also manages, won the Division 3 championship in 2015.

Jackie’s colleague and friend, Green Coast President Will Bradshaw, nominated her for the award, and he described her best when he wrote, “she is a passionate, caring and well-informed citizen that is an extraordinary asset to the greater New Orleans community and all the smaller communities in which she participates.”

Thanks Jackie, and Congratulations!

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