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First Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer
Andy Kopplin has served as First Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer since May 3, 2010. In this capacity, he oversees the day-to-day operational functions of City Hall. The Deputy Mayor also leads the Mayor’s effort to improve the performance of city government, and the Mayor’s charge to return the city to fiscal stability. Kopplin previously worked at Teach For America from 2008 - 2010, where he most recently served as senior advisor to the Founder & CEO. From October 2006-January 2008, Mr. Kopplin served as Founding Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA), the agency charged with leading the state’s recovery efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, where he developed the strategy and built the bipartisan coalitions that more than doubled congressional appropriations for Louisiana's rebuilding, from $13 billion to $28 billion. Before heading the LRA, Kopplin was Chief of Staff to two consecutive Louisiana governors, Democrat Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and Republican M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr. He joined Foster’s staff in 1996 as Policy Director, and in that role led the pioneering effort to create the state’s community college system by building a collation of Republicans, Democrats, business, labor, educators, and students. Mr. Kopplin holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University; a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and is a 1986 Harry S. Truman Scholarship winner.
Deputy Mayor of Citywide Initiatives
Judy Reese Morse
Judy Reese Morse serves as Deputy Mayor of Citywide Initiatives. In this capacity, she oversees the Mayor’s Office and is responsible for overseeing policy development and strategic planning for economic development, education, social innovation, international affairs, coastal and environmental affairs, and cultural economy. Ms. Morse most recently served as Co-Chair of Transition New Orleans and as the Chief of Staff in the Office of Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu. Prior to joining the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, she worked at National Public Radio in Washington, DC. There, she served as director of corporate communications, focusing primarily on attracting new audiences as public radio listeners. Her career also includes work on the federal level. Ms. Morse was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow serving at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Resolution Trust Corporation. She also worked on Capitol Hill in the office of former Congresswoman Lindy Boggs as a special projects assistant. Morse has an undergraduate degree in Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Master of Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC.
Deputy Mayor of External Affairs
Berni began his work with the City in May 2010 as Press Secretary and later Communications Director, where he managed media, public relations and special projects and events for the City of New Orleans. In 2013 and early 2014, he served as campaign manager for Mayor Landrieu’s successful re-election campaign. He returned to City Hall as the Senior Advisor to the Mayor, leading citywide policy and public affairs initiatives including the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In late 2014, Berni took a leave of absence to manage former United States Senator Mary Landrieu’s re-election campaign in its final months. Prior to working at City Hall, Berni served as Chief of Staff for political strategist James Carville, based in Washington, D.C. There, he directed Carville’s media, research, writing, and business development operations, as well as served as a consultant to international political clients across the globe. He also served in various capacities with the Louisiana Democratic Party. Berni holds a degree in political science from Louisiana State University.
Executive Director of Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans
Cedric S. Grant serves as the Executive Director of Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. In this capacity, he oversees the City’s capital development, infrastructure projects, and community development initiatives. By coordinating the efforts of the Capital Projects Administration, the Department of Public Works, Property Management, and the Project Delivery Unit, the Deputy Mayor enhances the city’s recovery effort and helps integrate both the rebuilding of roads and buildings as well as their ongoing maintenance. By also overseeing the city’s ongoing efforts at community development, the Deputy Mayor connects the recovery with ongoing projects to help build the strongest neighborhoods possible for all citizens. Mr. Grant comes to City Hall after serving as Chief Administrative Officer of Ascension Parish, Louisiana, where he was responsible for management and oversight of all governmental operations. In 2004, Governor Blanco appointed Mr. Grant as Deputy Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, where he served until 2008. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Grant was employed by Parsons Corporation in Atlanta, where he managed road and highway infrastructure projects. Prior to his Parsons employment, Mr. Grant held numerous managerial and administrative positions in government over thirty years, most recently with the City of New Orleans as Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Grant also served as Planning Manager for the Port of New Orleans and Director of Capital Projects for the New Orleans Downtown Development District. Mr. Grant served his country in the U.S. Army and completed 23 years of active and reserve service, retiring in 1995 with the rank of major.
Rebecca Dietz serves as City Attorney. In this capacity, she is responsible for directing and supervising the legal affairs of the City of New Orleans. Dietz began her work for the City in 2012 in the City Attorney’s office. Dietz served as the head of the Contracts Division where she provided oversight, review, and negotiation of City contracts, as well as served as liaison between City department leadership and numerous contractors, including local and national businesses, non-profit organizations, community partiers and quasi-governmental entities. In 2014 Dietz accepted the position of General Counsel and Deputy Director of Legal Affairs for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Dietz’s work for the Airport included oversight of all legal matters, including procurement of the Construction Manager At Risk for the new North Terminal Airport Project. Prior to joining the City Hall team, Dietz was a partner at the law firm King, Krebs and Jurgens where she maintained a litigation practice focused on oil and gas and environmental litigation. Dietz represented oil companies and corporate clients in all aspects of regulatory compliance, oilfield contamination and remediation litigation, property damage, toxic tort litigation and incident response. She also worked with her clients through all stages of mediation and settlement. Dietz is a 2002 graduate of Tulane Law School where she earned a Specialization Certificate in the field of environmental law. Dietz is an active member of the Louisiana Bar and an inactive member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.