Our Team

 
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Grasshopper Mendoza, CFM, SRES

Chief Executive

As a connector, facilitator, and advocate, Grasshopper Mendoza has led more than 100 public and professional gatherings focused on systems-oriented approaches to integrated water management, sustainable real estate development, equitable economic development, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She brings a decade of integrated water management advocacy to the Adaptation Strategies team, and in 2019 became a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). With more than 12 years as a Louisiana-licensed REALTOR®, and with a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation, she applies her dedication to equity and adaptation to a wide range of commercial and community issues.

 
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Andrea B. Calvin PhD

Chief Scientist

Andrea is an environmental scientist with two decades of water quality experience in Southeast Louisiana. She directed research projects that led to the removals of water quality impairments on multiple waterways in SE Louisiana. She also created a program to track and correct pollution sources in watersheds that has become the model for the State of Louisiana and has been touted by EPA nationally and internationally. The results of her work are tangible: people can swim in Lake Pontchartrain and area waterways again!

 
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Jibade Sandiford

Policy & Research,
Business Development

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Vivek Shah


AICP, CFM

Planning & Policy

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Steve Picou

Chief Visionary Officer, Business Development

Jibade is a public policy strategist with experience across multiple arenas. Adept at utilizing research and data analysis as tools to mine solutions to social policy, he takes an integrated, systems-oriented approach to economic development by incorporating environmental health and wellness principles to maximize impact at both macro and micro scales. Jibade is equally as passionate when working on Product Development projects that are at the intersection of environment and health. 

 

Vivek is an urban planner who specializes in environmental, transportation, and land use planning and public policy. His work experience includes planning, policy, and research roles at the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and Division of Planning, and Bayouland RC&D. Vivek has also served as a subject matter expert advising the New Orleans City Council on issues of urban transportation and safety, and storm water management.

 

Steve is a futurist and musician focused on systems-oriented planning and action. He is a co-founder of the Louisiana Water Economy Network, and earned a Master of Science in Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans with his groundbreaking research on defining and building Louisiana’s water economy. Steve has more than 16 years of experience working on economic development, and served four years as a sustainable housing agent with the LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Service helping with hurricane recovery, and thirteen years as assistant director of the Louisiana Music Commission.