About RowdyRowdy Gaudet for Council District 3
Rowdy Gaudet is a leader in the areas of executive management, community resilience and committed public service, who has focused his career on helping organizations innovate, improve their performance and achieve their missions.
Professionally, Rowdy works as Vice President and Managing Director for Louisiana-based management consulting firm Emergent Method, which was recently recognized as the seventh fastest growing consulting firm in the world by Consulting magazine. In this capacity, Rowdy is responsible for working with both private and public-sector organizations as they navigate complex issues and work to achieve their business goals, as well as expanding Emergent Method’s strategic and crisis communications, community resilience and disaster recovery practices.
Prior to joining Emergent Method, Rowdy served as the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for East Baton Rouge Parish, overseeing such critical areas as homeland security, community development, public safety, and as lead on affordable housing and blight elimination efforts. In this capacity he managed strategic operations for several City-Parish departments, developed solutions to tackle the blight issues challenging Baton Rouge, purposed over $170 million in place-based investments, served as the Mayor’s liaison to the Restore Louisiana Flood Recovery Task Force, and led community beautification efforts.
Some of his most notable accomplishments include working to secure over $2 billion in transportation and drainage infrastructure investments, restructuring the parish’s community development programs, implementing the parish’s first Bike Share program, leading the City-Parish efforts in securing a $30 million Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant, working with housing partners to develop the City-Parish’s first Affordable Housing Strategy, and organizing several community-wide cleanup efforts known as Operation Fresh Start.
Previously, Rowdy served as Chief of Staff for the State of Louisiana’s Disaster Recovery Unit, overseeing a team of people implementing over $14 billion in recovery and resilience investments in Louisiana. He also has previous experience in legislative affairs and emergency management.
He is very active in local organizations, including currently serving as a member of the board of directors for the Capital Area YMCA, the University Laboratory School Foundation and the LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool. Additionally, he previously served on the East Baton Rouge Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as Board Chair for both the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and for the Charles W. Lamar YMCA. Rowdy has been recognized by the Baton Rouge Business Report as a Forty Under 40 award recipient, by the Boys & Girls Club as a Great Future’s Honoree, and he enjoys coaching youth sports and teaching Sunday School.
Gaudet holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from McNeese State University, a Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana State University, and has completed the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Executive Education Program.
He and his wife Wendy have been married for over 13 years, and they have four beautiful children.