Jeff Hebert joined The Water Institute of the Gulf in January 2018 and serves as the Institute’s first Vice President for Adaptation and Resilience where he is leading the interdisciplinary work being done to help communities better adapt to changing environments. At Tulane, Hebert is an adjunct faculty member in the MSRED program at the Tulane School of Architecture.
Prior to joining the Water Institute, Hebert 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.
Hebert 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 hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Hebert began his career with community development organizations in New York City and Philadelphia.
In 2016, Hebert was appointed by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation
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 of Government where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow.
Jeff is an active supporter of the New Orleans non-profit community where he serves on several boards.