Grasshopper Mendoza is a founding partner of NOLA Vibe Consulting LLC, and a real estate broker with NAI/Latter & Blum Inc. where she emphasizes green building and sustainable development in the commercial sector.

She is a founding co-chair of the Horizon Initiative’s Water Management Committee, serves on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Commercial Investment Division (CID), and is a program manager for the award-winning Greater New Orleans Foundation/Idea Village Water Challenge business development competition. 

Grasshopper is a Fellow of the Loyola Institute for Environmental Communication and of the Puentes Public Leaders Fellowship. Grasshopper earned a degree in International Business from San Francisco State University, and studied for three semesters at Mexico’s ITESM University. She has happily called New Orleans her home since 2003. 


Steve Picou is a sustainability professional and musician focused on integrated resource management and systems. With an extensive background in government, economic and nonprofit development, public relations, energy efficiency/sustainable building, and strategic political action, he strives to achieve social change and sustainability by practicing principles of balance, equity, and cooperation with natural resources.

Steve is also co-chair of the Horizon Initiative Water Committee, and spent nearly 5 years as a Sustainable Housing Agent with the LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Service. He was trained in RESNET Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) at Southface in Atlanta. Steve is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and anticipates achieving a Master of Science in Urban Studies there in December 2013. He is also a Fellow of the Loyola University of New Orleans Institute for Environmental Communications and the Institute of Politics.