The board of directors of the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation has named Andrew Jacques as the organization’s executive director.

Jacques was a senior business development associate at the New Orleans Business Alliance. He worked in numerous areas of the organization, with a focus on corporate relocation, business retention and expansion and retail attraction. Among projects he managed was the Cobalt Medical Development, resulting in 165 jobs and a $22 million investment.

Jacques said his immediate top priorities at the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation focus on three key areas: developing a business retention and expansion program, marketing the parish as a destination in which to live and work and building and strengthening relationships with regional and local partners.

Jacques has built relationships with the Louisiana Economic Development Department and Greater New Orleans Inc.

“I look forward to working with the board of directors, businesses and residents of St. Bernard to continue the positive momentum and shape a vision for growth and opportunity in the parish,” Jacques said.

“Andrew impressed us with his passion and approach to growing jobs and improving the quality of life in St. Bernard,” said Walter Leger Jr., who chaired the EDF search committee. “Andrew has already hit the ground running and is bringing a ton of energy and new ideas to the job.”

Born in New Orleans, Jacques holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rollins College, is working toward the International Economic Development Council’s Certified Economic Developer designation and serves on the board of Court Watch NOLA.

The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in December 2005. Its board is made up of 28 voting members and eight non-voting honorary members and public officials.