Algiers Development Corporation, Inc. is a Louisiana nonprofit corporation incorporated for the purpose of promoting the health, education and welfare of the residents of Algiers. Algiers Development Corporation, a 501c3 of ADD aligns their Vision and Mission with the Algiers Development District.

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Board Members


Senator Troy A. Carter (Chairman)

Senator Troy A. Carter (Chairman)

Louisiana State Senator – District 7
P. O. Box 50730
New Orleans, LA 70150
Phone: 504-302-3682
Legislative Aide: Winfred Warrick

Troy A. Carter is the youngest of six children. He was educated in the Orleans Parish Public School system and matriculated at Xavier University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Business Administration.  Troy Carter has also studied at Carnegie-Mellon’s Graduate School of Urban and Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an Adjunct instructor of Political Science at Xavier University of Louisiana.  He was awarded a Green Foundation Fellow to Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

In June of 1990, than Council member Carter was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYL) to participate in an economic study tour of China as a National Delegate representing the United States.

Troy Carter has enjoyed a distinguished career in virtually every level of local and state government.  In 1991, Troy A. Carter became the first African-American to be elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 102nd District of New Orleans (Algiers).  He served on the Education Committee, Municipal Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee, and the Transportation & Highway Committee and served as the youngest Floor Leader representing the City of New Orleans in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

In 1994, Troy Carter was elected to the New Orleans City Council representing District C, which includes the historic French Quarter and the New Orleans Westbank – once again, the first African-American to be elected to the position.

During his six years on the City Council, Council member Carter served with distinction and was a driving force in the renaissance of New Orleans with an enviable record of achievement.

  • District C enjoys the largest decreases in crime rates.
  • Large buses have been banned from the French Quarter.
  • The Historic Treme Villa restoration.
  • The Creation of the Jazz Walk of Fame in historic Algiers.
  • Restoration of Streetcar service to Canal Street has begun.
  • Led the efforts to battle homelessness in New Orleans.
  • Secured more than one hundred million dollars in street repairs, parks, playgrounds and other capital projects for the district.
  • Revitalizing Canal Street through Major Street and Sidewalk rehabilitation and development of the Ritz-Carlton and Canal/Bourbon Streets hotel projects.
  • Development of Wal-Mart Super Center in Algiers.
  • Expansion of Woldenberg Village in Algiers
  • Renovation of Washington Artillery Park and The Moonwalk.

In 1997, Troy Carter again made history by becoming the first incumbent District C Councilmember in modern history to be re-elected without opposition.

Councilmember Carter has been featured in a number of National and State publications.

  • EBONY Magazine, JET Magazine, Kappa Alpha Psi Journal, The Louisiana Political Review.

Troy Carter has received numerous commendations for his outstanding contributions to encourage community empowerment and for his efforts to eradicate urban blight.  In September 1992, during his first year as State Representative, Troy Carter was recognized by the Louisiana Municipal Association, which awarded him the Outstanding Legislator of the Year.  He was also named to the “All Rookie Team 1993” by Louisiana Political Columnist John Maginnis.  During his tenure as a State Legislator, Troy Carter authored and/or cosponsored more than seventy-five bills, which have become law.

Troy Carter is committed to the community and serves on a number of civic associations.  He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana; has served as a member of the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater New Orleans, and is a charter member of 100 Black Men of New Orleans; a member of the Board of Directors of Touro Infirmary Foundation; The New Orleans Police Athletic League; Total Community Action; a member of theAdvisory Board for Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)and The Light House for the Blind in New Orleans.  He is a Mason, in thePride of Algiers Lodge; a member of the Kiwanis Club; the Lyons Club; association of Public Works Administrators (APWA); The Jugs Social Aid and Pleasure Club; Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club; and is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; a member of theNational Forum Committee; former Executive Officer of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus; a member of the African-American Professional Alliance; and a member of the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans. He was elected as a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

As a Council member, Troy Carter served as Chairman of the City Council Special Development Projects Committee and the Ground Transportation Committee, the Utlities, Cable/Telecommunications, and the Budget Committee. He was on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board where he served as Chairman of the Operations Committee.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of The French Market Corporation, the Upper Pontalba Building Restoration Corporation; the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the

Great New Orleans Tourist & Convention Commission, The Canal Street Development Corporation and the Rivergate Development Corporation.

On January 11, 2016, Troy Carter was sworn in as the first African-American Louisiana State Senator for District 7. Troy Carter is also a successful entrepreneur.  He is founder and President of News N’ Brews, Incorporated, which operated three successful gourmet coffeehouses in New Orleans and Policy & Planning Partners.

Troy Carter is the proud father of Troy Carter, II and Joshua Carter.



Dr. Peter Cho (Vice Chairman)

Dr. Peter Cho
Dr. Peter Cho

Dr. Peter Cho (Vice Chairman)

Dr. Peter L. Cho currently serves as the Interim Executive Dean of the West Bank Campus for Delgado Community College, and has previously served as Lead Department Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division, and the Arts and Humanities coordinator for the West Bank Campus. Peter also serves as the chair of the Delgado Internal Giving Campaign, and chair of the Multiculturalism and Diversity Committee. Prior to his current position, Peter has served as the Department Chair of Humanities, Coordinator of the Music and Music Business department, Director of the Jazz Ensemble and served as a faculty member at Delgado since 1995.
Peter holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans, a Masters of Music degree from Loyola University, New Orleans, and a Bachelor of Jazz Studies degree from Loyola University, New Orleans. Peter is also a 2006 Graduate of the LCTCS Leadership Development Institute, and a 2015 graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program with a certificate in Entrepreneurship.

Peter currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Federation of Musicians Local 174-496, previously served on the executive board of the New Orleans Music Colloquium, chaired the Delgado Music Business Advisory Board, has been a 15-year voting member of NARAS (Grammy Awards), and also serves as a faculty member of the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp. He is also the owner of Peter Cho Music, a professional musician, and has been active in Arts Education and Entrepreneurship in the New Orleans area for over 28 years.



Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson



Mark Major (Secretary)

Mark Major (Secretary)

Mark Major (Secretary)

Appointee of the Assessor

Mark A. Major joined Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana, Incorporated (TMSEL), in service to the
Regional Transit Authority (RTA) August 1983 as an Investment Analyst. Major has held numerous
positions within the financial management structure of the Authority. He coordinated with bond counsel
and investment bankers for the issuance and management of over $275 million of Sales Tax Revenue
Bonds and other innovative financing mechanisms that enabled the RTA to acquire buses, paratransit
vehicles, facilities and made possible the refurbishment of the historic St. Charles Streetcar system and
the construction of the Canal and Loyola Avenue Streetcar Lines. From 1984 to 2012 Major served in the
capacity of Chairman or Vice Chairman of the TMSEL Defined Benefit Retirement Income Plan and during
his leadership plan assets grew from $50 million to $167.2 million. On October 22, 2002, Major was
promoted to Deputy General Manager of Finance and Administration. In this capacity, his team included
Human Resources, Procurement, Public Affairs, Budget, Grants, Accounting and Treasury. For the
calendar years 2002-2005 the annual $130 million operating and capital budget of the Authority
supported a workforce of 1,352 employees.

Immediately after Hurricane Katrina severely damaged most of the RTA’s facilities, buses, streetcars,
paratransit vehicles and other critical equipment; Major developed the proposal and led the RTA teams
that successfully negotiated a total of $67.4 million FEMA-funded emergency public transportation
contracts with the Federal Transit Administration to operate bus, streetcar and paratransit services in the
City of New Orleans and supplemental bus and paratransit services in the City of Baton Rouge. On June
16, 2006, Major was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana
(TMSEL), in service to the RTA. Major secured $55 million of Community Disaster Loan (CDL) proceeds for
the RTA, for which the Authority borrowed $47.2 million. His team developed a “Restructuring the RTA”
strategic business recovery plan, which was approved by the Louisiana State Bond Commission and the
Office of Community Development/Disaster Unit and resulted in a $35.8 million debt service assistance
loan. As CEO, Major organized and implemented the reduction-in-forces and “right-sized” TMSEL in
service to the RTA from 1,352 pre-Katrina employees to 530 post-Katrina employees. Funded by a $14
million Federal Transit Administration grant to replace the entire catenary and the power rectification
system. Major’s team re-opened the entire “iconic” St. Charles Streetcar Line. Major successfully
negotiated with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to operate, utilizing RTA
vehicles and TMSEL personnel, the LASWIFT Service (daily round-trip commuter transit service between
New Orleans and Baton Rouge) from December 2006 through July 2007, marking the only time a public
transit authority has operated inter-city public transit service in the State of Louisiana. In March 2007
with 100% Federal Transit Administration grant funds secured by his team, Major introduced and ordered
39 35′ Low Floor Bio-diesel Orion buses with the option to take delivery of 200 additional vehicles. During
his tenure as CEO Major’s team successfully negotiated $120 million of FEMA grant funds to procure 94
fixed-route buses, 29 paratransit vehicles, rehabilitate 30 Canal and Riverfront Streetcars, renovate all
RTA flood-damaged facilities and replace customer transit shelters.

In summer of 2008 after the Mayor of New Orleans declared a mandatory city-wide evacuation, under
Major’s direction, the RTA effectively provided emergency round-trip transportation to 20,000 residents

in accordance with the City of New Orleans City Assisted Evacuation Plan from 17 strategic locations to
and from the Union Passenger Terminal prior to and after Hurricane Gustav. Major successfully organized
and accompanied food, water and ice missions in September 2008 by RTA/TMSEL employees to CATS in
Baton Rouge and Houston METRO following the impact of Hurricane Gustav on those communities.

In September 2009 Major became Senior Advisor for Veolia Transportation in service to the RTA. In April
2010 at the request of Veolia’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Major served as CEO of the Phoenix,
Arizona 400 fixed-route and bus rapid public transit system and completed this special assignment in
January 2011. During his tenure in Phoenix, Major managed over 1,000 represented and non-represented
employees with an annual operating budget in excess of $75 million. In January 2011, Major returned to
New Orleans to serve as the Chief Investment Officer for Veolia Transportation in service to the RTA,
where he was responsible for innovative financing; the investment of the Authority’s $100 million
operating, reserves and bond funds and debt management. On behalf of the RTA, in 2012 and 2013 Major
secured a $47.2 million CDL loan cancellation from FEMA. In 2013 Major was strategic member of the
team that successfully negotiated and transitioned the New Orleans ferry operations from the Louisiana
Department of Transportation and Development to the RTA/Veolia. On behalf of RTA/Veolia Major was
responsible for RTA’s Infrastructure Department and the entire ferry operations.

In July 2018 the Board of Directors of Family Service of Greater New Orleans recruited Major to become
the non-profit’s President and Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity he is responsible for all strategic
management and operations of the 122 years old agency.

Major current board memberships include the Algiers Development District, Algiers Development
Corporation and the Good Shepherd Nativity School.

Major is a native New Orleanian and received a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of
Business Administration in Accounting degrees from Loyola University. He is married to Sharon Jagers-
Major and they have a daughter, Hunter.



Joe Stephens

Joe Stephens
Joe Stephens

Joe Stephens

Joe began his career as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments in New Orleans, where he developed his fundamental investment knowledge. He started Stephens Financial Services in 2007 with an affiliation with Dorsey & Company Inc. a local New Orleans investment firm. Joe earned the CFP® certification by completing an approved educational program through the College for Financial Planning, passing a rigorous examination and meeting stringent experience requirements. He is also Notary Public for the State of Louisiana.

While earning his bachelor’s degree at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, he grew to love the Algiers area of New Orleans. After college, he settled in Algiers and began to build his business. He built and currently occupies a commercial building in the Holiday Office Park in Algiers.

Away from the office
Joe enjoys exercising, spending time with his family, and anything outdoors. He served on the Board of Directors for the Algiers Economic Development Foundation, The Rotary Club of the West Bank, The Greater New Orleans Financial Planners Association, and is a member of the Kiwanis Algiers Morning Club.

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Art in Algiers Initiative

The box above was done by artist Jamar Pierre (MacArthur & Kabel) with stunning flowers. This project got started do to the hard work of Erin Smith with the Aurora West Neighborhood Association. CVU worked with Erin to get the box project going! Now thanks to all this CVU has created a partnership with Algiers Development Corporation (ADC) to help get more boxes done in the Algiers area. ADC is sponsoring 3 boxes on their own and will give a grant of $250.00 per neighborhood if the neighborhood raises the additional $500 needed to get a box “artified”. Each box costs $750 to complete with all supplies provided by CVU.

4 boxes underway with more to come in future! CVU is looking for Algiers artists to do additional boxes. We are also looking for people/businesses to help sponsor a box. If you are interested in sponsoring a box please contact CVU at cvunola@gmail.com or 504.957.5542.

Any Algiers or other neighborhood interested in getting boxes completed in their area should contact CVU first. CVU will help the neighborhood find artists and art work that will enhance their area.

MacArthur & Kabel
by Jamar Pierre
General de Gaulle & Shirley
by Jessica Normington
General de Gaulle & West Bend
by Charles Gillam
General Meyer & Shirley
by Jessica Normington

2016 Algiers Fall Festival

 

The 2nd Annual Algiers Fall Festival took center stage on Saturday, September 17th as residents congregated amongst family and friends to enjoy a fun-filled day of music, food and local art! Rain refused to dappen the spirits of a large crowd assembled at Federal City to celebrate our community and honor our military in what turned out to be a truly special day.

Stay tuned for more.