Ileana Ledet


Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Partnership opportunities

Glad to explain Greater New Orleans, Inc.’s role in the region and advancing opportunities for all families in our region.

Would like to meet representatives of organizations driving a competitiveness agenda and economic development partnerships.

Partnership opportunities

Ileana leads the organization’s legislative affairs efforts as well as day-to-day policy operations. These initiatives involve everything from infrastructure to workforce, coastal restoration, and other programs that support economic development. She works closely with partners both in our region, and across the state in developing and advancing policies that further GNO, Inc.’s mission of creating a thriving regional economy.

Prior to joining GNO, Inc., Ileana served as Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs for the Louisiana Department of Insurance. She also managed communications and stakeholder engagement at the Louisiana Department of Education as the Public Information Director.

A New Orleans native, Ileana graduated from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. “

Main areas of work:

Interested in meeting others with similar backgrounds and interest, specifically around economic development, panning, and sustainability.

Nicole Griensewic

Executive Director

Region Nine Development Commission in Minnesota


Griensewic has served as Executive Director of Region Nine Development Commission since 2012. As executive director, Griensewic has made it a priority to foster collaboration and engagement by sharing Region Nine’s story both regionally and globally. Griensewic is an active board and committee member for multiple organizations throughout Minnesota. Griensewic is the immediate past President of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, and is the first female to chair the Executive Committee for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, where she served as chair of the Governance Committee. Griensewic also served as secretary of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s Governing Board of Directors and chaired the Governance Committee and currently serves as an advisory board member for South Central College’s Center for Agriculture. She serves on the executive committee for the MACS Board, Minnesotans for the American Community Survey Board of Directors and represents the Midwest on the National Assoc. of Development Orgs.’s (NADO) Board of Directors.

Griensewic is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has completed course work through Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Executive Education. She received the 2017 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Her professional background includes extensive private sector and non-profit leadership experience.