Vice President for Adaptation and Resilience, Water Institute
Jeff Hebert joined the New Orleans-based Water Institute in January 2018 and serves as the Institute’s first Vice President for Adaptation and Resilience where he is leading a trans-disciplinary team developing innovative solutions for the complex climate challenges confronting coastal communities.
Prior to joining the Water Institute, 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. Hebert also served as New Orleans’s first Chief Resilience Officer where he oversaw the Office of Resilience and Sustainability which developed the city’s first climate action strategy and the award winning Resilient NOLA comprehensive resilience strategy for the city.
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, Hebert served as the Director of Community Planning for the Louisiana Recovery Authority following the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Hebert began his career with neighborhood 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 NGO community where he serves on several boards.