Jeff Hebert is a national expert in the areas of resiliency, redevelopment, equitable and inclusionary growth, and economic development. A city planner by training, his forward-looking and holistic design approach helps urban communities better adapt to changing environments and economies.
For nearly a decade, Jeff served Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City of New Orleans in many capacities, including as the First Deputy Mayor & Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Resilience Officer, Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, and as the Mayor’s “blight czar.” In these roles, he managed the day-to-day operations of City Hall, tackled the crippling blight issues plaguing New Orleans, refocused more than $250 million in place-based investments, and oversaw the city’s development portfolio and the Office of Resilience and Sustainability.
Some of Jeff’s most notable accomplishments include the redevelopment of the former World Trade Center, the new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport, Lafitte Greenway linear park, the award-winning Resilient NOLA comprehensive resilience strategy, and the $141 million National Disaster Resilience Competition award, as well as the city’s historic riverfront revitalization projects, Bike Share program, green infrastructure program, and its first climate action plan.
Today, Jeff serves as President of HR&A Advisors, a leading, national consulting firm providing services in real estate, economic development, and public policy. Previously, Jeff served as the Director of Planning for Concordia, where he directed community revitalization projects in the Bay area and Texas as well as the $2 Billion Schools Master Plan in New Orleans. Following the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, Jeff was appointed the Director of Community Planning for the Louisiana Recovery Authority, where he directed the state’s long-term recovery strategy. Jeff began his career working with community development organizations in New York City and Philadelphia.
Jeff is also an adjunct faculty member at the Tulane University School of Architecture and a trustee of the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans. He holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University, a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow.