Jeff Hebert joined The Water Institute of the Gulf in January 2018 and serves as its first Vice President for Adaptation and Resilience. He is leading an interdisciplinary team developing innovative solutions to the complex challenges confronting river and coastal communities.
Prior to joining The Water Institute of the Gulf, Jeff served as Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer of the City of New Orleans where he managed the day to day operations of City Hall. Jeff also served as New Orleans’s first Chief Resilience Officer and oversaw the Office of Resilience and Sustainability, which developed the city’s first climate action strategy and award-winning Resilient NOLA comprehensive resilience strategy.
Jeff previously served as the Executive Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) and as the Mayor’s Director of Neighborhood Revitalization. Prior to joining the City of New Orleans, he served as the Director of Community Planning for the Louisiana Recovery Authority following the devastation from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Jeff began his career with community development organizations in New York City and Philadelphia.
Jeff 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 where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow.
Jeff is an active supporter of the New Orleans nonprofit community, where he serves on several boards.