Ryan Bordenave serves as the Retail Attraction Specialist for the DDD. His role is responsible for attracting local, regional and national retail, dining and entertainment concepts to the Downtown retail corridor of Canal Street. Ryan has been passionate about Downtown New Orleans for more than 20 years and is fully dedicated to seeing Canal Street and the entire Downtown Development District reach its full potential for providing quality retail to its stakeholders, residents and visitors. During his time with the DDD, he has worked with numerous well-established brands including: Neiman-Marcus, Nordstom, Tiffany & Co., H&M, Forever XXI, Vom Fass, The Art of Shaving, Williams-Sonoma, RH and Arhaus.
Before he joined the DDD’s staff, he worked for General Growth Properties (GGP), which at that time owned and managed Riverwalk Marketplace. During his time at GGP, he landed several major events to Riverwalk including: the Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Fest, a live production of 106&Park, the Netflix Live on Location event with Golden Globe award winning actor Dennis Quaid, and the Arena Football League’s Extravaganza Concert with recording artist STYX.
Ryan also spent a significant amount of time at the Six Flags property in New Orleans. At the start of his professional career, he worked for Zehnder Communications, which at that time served as the marketing agency of record for the DDD. While at the agency, he served on the first “Wednesday at the Square”concert series production committee, executed a retail sweepstakes and researched and wrote much of the content for the “Downtown Directory.”
A graduate of Brother Martin High School and the University of New Orleans, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Advertising. Outside of his work with the DDD, he is a media consultant for NPR member station WWNO 89.9 FM. Ryan is a member of the Preservation Resource Center, is a 2013 graduate of Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans and a 2014 graduate of the CBNO Brian Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum. He is a past vice-chair for the Friends of Lafitte Corridor, a community non-profit dedicated to the development of the Lafitte Greenway in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. Ryan is a life-long resident of New Orleans and resides in the City Park neighborhood.