Alicia Neal, Executive Director

Alicia Neal is the Executive Director for Groundwork New Orleans. She has extensive experience in grant writing, project management, curriculum development, youth advocacy and community engagement. In her years at Groundwork New Orleans she has enjoyed expanding the programs, developing new opportunities for youth engagement, creating a service learning program, expanding the green team and developing and piloting a green infrastructure skills training program for young adults, the Ground CREW (Creating a Resilient Environmental Workforce). 

Alicia has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. Her past and present experience includes program development, grant management, program reporting and financial oversight. She has worked within the New Orleans community for over 15 years doing community engagement and program development for youth of all ages. In previous positions she designed and implemented a youth entrepreneurship program for teens which taught life and job skills to youth ages 14 to 18, implemented a pregnancy prevention program for teens called Baby Think it Over, organized field trips and worked closely with a Kids Café program for youth and families. She developed and implemented an environmental education program for youth at a summer program teaching them about composting, gardening, water testing, energy efficiency and conducted hands-on science experiments. 

She is also a visual artist and mother. Alicia can be reached at