Deputy Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Resilience Officer
Jeff Hebert was appointed Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer on August 15, 2016, and continues to serve as the City of New Orleans’ first Chief Resilience Officer. In this capacity, he oversees the administration of City Hall. The Deputy Mayor also leads the Mayor’s efforts to improve city government performance and the Mayor’s charge to return the city to fiscal stability. Hebert is a city planner by profession, and has previously served as the Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) where he oversaw $42.5 million in direct investment and leveraged over $191 million in additional capital.
Prior to being appointed to NORA, from 2010 to 2012, Hebert served as the Mayor’s Director of Blight Policy and Revitalization, where he developed The Blight Strategy, which was awarded a 2012 Bright Idea Award from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, reducing blight by 10,000 units in the first three years of the Mayor’s term. Before joining the Landrieu Administration, Hebert led the state’s Regional Plan for Recovery and Growth following the devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as the Director of Community Planning for the Louisiana Recovery Authority.
Over the past eight years, Jeff has advised government officials across the globe on disaster recovery planning and implementation including the State of Iowa after floods in 2008, Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Australia after floods in 2010, prefectural and national agencies in Japan after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and New York City government agencies after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
As Chief Resilience Officer, Hebert oversees the implementation of the nation’s first Comprehensive Resilience Strategy, development of the city’s climate action plan and sea level rise and climate adaptation strategies, and was recently appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation.
Mr. Hebert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Design and Architecture Studies from New York University, a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the NeighborWorks® America Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.