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New Orleans’s resilience journey

New Orleans has had unique experience in dealing with and New Orleans has unique experience in dealing with and recovering from major urban emergencies. Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isaac, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the city’s frequent boil water advisories – New Orleans has learned important lessons about what it takes to become a vibrant, resilient city that serves all its residents, particularly the most vulnerable.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Ramsey Green

Chief Resilience Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure

Ramsey Green is the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure at the City of New Orleans, where he manages the delivery of operations and infrastructure – and the funds of over $2 billion allocated to this work – for the residents of New Orleans. Ramsey also serves as the city’s Chief Resilience Officer and as the liaison for the Mayor of New Orleans to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, with responsibility for coordinating the infrastructure work between the two entities.

Before joining the City of New Orleans in May 2018, Ramsey was a real estate and construction entrepreneur. From 2007 to 2012, he served as Budget Director and then Deputy Superintendent for Operations at the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD), where his responsibilities included managing the reconstruction of New Orleans’s public school facilities, finances, and general district operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At the RSD, Ramsey led negotiations with the federal government to increase the amount of FEMA rebuilding funds to New Orleans schools from $200 million to over $2 billion, one of the largest FEMA allocations to a local government in history. Prior to his service at the RSD, Ramsey was Education Policy Director for the Louisiana Recovery Authority, where he managed the deployment of hurricane recovery funds after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.

A former Teach For America corps member, Ramsey taught high school Social Studies in Franklin, Louisiana. He received a BA (Hons) in Politics from New York University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Samuel Fels Scholar, and a certificate in local and state government for senior executives from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a Fisher Fellow. Ramsey has also served as an adjunct Professor in the Emergency and Security Studies program at Tulane University, and as the Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans School Facility Finance Foundation. He was a member of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

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