Chief Resilience Officer
Jeffrey P. Hebert
The City of New Orleans and the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative appointed the City’s first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) in November, 2014. Jeff Hebert will continue his work as the Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, while also being responsible for the further development of the City’s cross-cutting resilience efforts.
The Chief Resilience Officer handles the following responsibilities:
- To work across silos and to create and implement a resilience strategy
- Serve as a senior advisor to the mayor
- Promote resilience thinking and act as a global thought leader
- Coordinate resilience efforts across government and multi-sector stakeholders
- Liaise with other CROs, 100RC staff, and service providers via the network and platform.
Meet the Resilient NOLA Team
Jeff Hebert is the Chief Resilience Officer for New Orleans. Prior to becoming CRO, Mr. Hebert was named the Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), which he will continue to oversee in his expanded role. NORA provides planning, financial support, and real estate for affordable housing and commercial corridor revitalization projects throughout the city, as well as managing land stewardship projects across New Orleans.
Prior to joining NORA, Jeff served as the first-ever Director of Blight Policy and Neighborhood Revitalization for the City of New Orleans. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Jeff served as the Director of Community Planning for the Louisiana Recovery Authority and has worked in community development in Brooklyn and Philadelphia.
Jeff earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Design and Architecture Studies New York University and completed his graduate studies in City Planning at M.I.T. He recently completed the NeighborWorks® Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Government Innovation Award from the Bureau of Governmental Research.
Jeff has identified key individuals from the NORA staff to serve as the Resilient New Orleans team. They are currently engaged in identifying key stakeholders for the initial Phase 1, during which a strategic plan for New Orleans will be developed. As part of that workplan, members of the community will be encouraged to participate through a variety of methods in shaping the resilience strategy for New Orleans. Stay tuned.