Robin Keegan is the principal of Spring Industries, LLC, a platform for innovative community-building solutions rooted in principles of sustainability. Robin is a sought-after expert who has spent the last 20 years working at the intersection of disaster recovery, resilience planning, affordable housing and community economic development.
A New Orleans native, Robin returned to New Orleans after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to work in various positions at the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the state-created hurricane recovery entity established in 2005, and the Office of Community Development. As Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Robin oversaw more than $14 billion in housing, infrastructure and economic development recovery initiatives following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the BP Oil Spill.
Robin has led numerous teams of disaster recovery and planning experts that assist communities to become more resilient to the impacts of future disasters and account for the impacts of climate change and other factors. Currently, Robin is supporting the U.S. Virgin Islands in developing and standing up $1.8 billion in CDBG-DR programs. In a previous role, as the director of Community Resilience at GCR Inc., Robin supported the states of New York and New Jersey and the City of New York in recovery from Superstorm Sandy. Robin also led a team that worked with six communities across the nation to apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. Robin and her team succeeded in securing $240 million in new resources for her clients to implement resilience efforts ranging from water management and flood protection in Shelby County, Tennessee to creating healthier homes through lead abatement in Springfield, Massachusetts to the relocation of the Isle de Jean Charles community from a disappearing barrier island off the coast of Louisiana.
When not in the Virgin Islands, Robin and her husband split time between homes in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.