Mayor Mitch Landrieu is bringing on a new adviser who has experience in governmental relations and coalition building for both Tulane University and a private consulting firm to guide his administration’s economic development efforts.
Rebecca Conwell will serve as Landrieu’s senior adviser for economic development, according to a press release from the city. She replaces Aimee Quirk, who left City Hall in December.
Conwell most recently worked as the member-manager of Twenty-Two Ten LLC, a consulting firm. She previously worked at Tulane for 14 years as executive director of state and local governmental affairs, chief of staff to the university’s president and interim executive director of the Cowen Institute.
Conwell’s duties will include handling the city’s incentives to new businesses, recruiting new businesses to the city and working with the New Orleans Business Alliance on guidelines for requests for public financing.
The appointment comes as Landrieu firmed up the details of another adviser’s work.
Ashleigh Gardere has been serving as director of the city’s Network for Economic Opportunity and as a senior adviser to Landrieu on issues involving economically disadvantaged groups.
She now also will be in charge of the city’s Office of Workforce Development and the Office of Supplier Diversity, which is responsible for ensuring the city is complying with its policies on disadvantaged business enterprises.
Gardere has worked as a Landrieu adviser since 2010. She previously was in charge of policies related to philanthropy.
Before joining the city, she was vice president of community relations for Louisiana at Chase Bank.