Staff Spotlight: Jackie Dadakis
By Green Coast on 17 Oct 2013
How did you first hear about Green Coast, and what made you join the team?
I first heard about the Green Coast team while I was working on my Master in City Planning at MIT. Will was a very helpful source for my thesis about Energy Efficiency Financing in New Orleans. When I graduated, I was very lucky to have the chance to implement my thesis in partnership with the City of New Orleans and the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance using stimulus funding to create the NOLA Wise program. Green Coast was an integral part of the success of that program. As the stimulus-funded program was ramping down, Will and Lex, two principals of Green Coast, approached me with an opportunity to continue to expand their energy efficiency business, and I was thrilled at the opportunity to join their firm.
What project or accomplishment at Green Coast are you most proud of?
This summer, our division of Green Coast, GCE Services, launched a new business line designed to help charter schools lower their utility bills. It’s always rewarding when we help our clients spend less money on utilities, but helping the charter schools is particularly rewarding since every dollar we save increases the funding for schools to focus on the core mission of providing a good education to their students.
Where can you be found on a typical Sunday afternoon?
Playing soccer in City Park, or at Blue Dot Donuts with my soccer team after the game.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The oyster po-boy with sweet potato fries at Parasols.
Describe your dream home.
After living in a shotgun house for the last three years, I dream about having actual closets! I would love to live in a historic New Orleans house that has been properly renovated for energy efficiency with a walk-in closet.
What article of clothing do you wear most often?
I have a pair of Toms for every occasion.
What is your strangest hobby?
A majority of my off work hours are devoted to the local non-profit, Ride New Orleans (http://www.rideneworleans.org). Ride is dedicated to creating a world class transit system for the Greater New Orleans region. I’ve been a board member for the last three years and I am very proud of the work the organization has accomplished to raise awareness about the need of alternative transit.
If you could live a day in the life of any book, movie, or TV show character, who would you be?
At the moment – for her wardrobe alone – I’d want to be Jessica Pearson in Suits.
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