Rowdy Gaudet is a highly experienced executive with a reputation for consistently delivering results in adverse conditions. His background encompasses organizational and people leadership, strategic decision-making, effective outreach and communications, government and community relations, and implementing operational efficiencies.
Rowdy joined Emergent Method in May 2020 as a managing director and a member of the firm’s senior leadership team. In this position, he uses his 20 years of experience to expand Emergent Method’s strategic and crisis communication, community resilience, and disaster recovery practices.
Before joining the firm, Rowdy served as assistant chief administrative officer in the East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president’s office, developing and implementing strategic policies and programs to achieve the administration’s goals and overseeing the management teams for several city-parish departments. Notably, he worked to secure over $2 billion in transportation and drainage infrastructure investments and developed the parish’s All-Hazards Recovery Plan. 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 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 with a focus in Finance and Economics. He has also completed the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State & Local Government (2018) and Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure (2021) Executive Education Programs. In addition to his client involvement, in 2021 Rowdy was elected to serve as the District 3 representative on the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council. He is active on a number of boards and commissions. 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 coaching youth sports, and spending time with his wife and four children.