District 3 - Rowdy Gaudet
The Legislative Assistant for District 3 is Mrs. Danielle Ourso and may be reached by emailing Danielle Ourso or calling 225-389-5162.
District 3 Metro Council member Rowdy Gaudet is an experienced executive with a reputation for consistently delivering results in adverse conditions. His professional background encompasses organizational and people leadership, strategic decision-making, effective communications, government and community relations, and implementing operational efficiencies.
Professionally, Rowdy works as Director at V. Graham, LLC, a corporate financial consultancy firm. Through this role, Rowdy focuses on spearheading the development and execution of the firm’s strategic growth opportunities, leveraging V. Graham’s strengths of helping businesses and organizations navigate the intersection of finance and strategy.
Prior to joining V. Graham, Rowdy worked in leadership roles in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, providing strategic leadership to organizations in critical areas such as strategic planning, operational improvement, crisis communications, community and business resilience, and disaster recovery.
From 2017 - 2020 Rowdy served as the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for East Baton Rouge Parish, overseeing such critical areas as public works, homeland security, community development, public safety, and as a lead on affordable housing and blight elimination efforts. During this time he worked to secure over $2 billion in transportation and drainage infrastructure investments and developed the parish’s All-Hazards Recovery Plan. He also served as an appointee to the Restore Louisiana Task Force. Rowdy has previously worked for the Louisiana Office of Community Development serving as its Chief of Staff and as the Infrastructure Director for the Disaster Recovery Unit. At OCD, he provided strategic leadership on matters of policy, planning, and communication for the state’s $14 billion disaster recovery efforts.
Rowdy is a graduate of McNeese State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Communications, and Louisiana State University, where he earned his Master of Business Administration. He has also obtained an Executive Certificate in Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
In 2020, Rowdy was elected without opposition to the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council to serve as the District 3 representative. He is also active on several boards and commissions, including serving as the Metro Council’s appointee to the Visit Baton Rouge Board of Directors, the Capital Area YMCA Board of Directors, and as a member of the Real Estate Committee for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
Gaudet was recognized by the Baton Rouge Business Report as a 2014 Forty Under 40 honoree and by the Boys & Girls Club as a 2018 Great Futures honoree. In his free time, Rowdy enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.
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