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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
Emily Arata serves as Deputy Mayor of External Affairs. In this capacity, she oversees the Mayor’s executive office, and the departments of Communications, Intergovernmental Relations and Constituency Services. These units work to communicate the message of the Mayor, as well as ensure that City Hall is working in collaboration with all of its partners at the municipal, state and federal level. Ms. Arata served as Campaign Manager for Mitch Landrieu’s primary victories for Mayor of New Orleans in 2010 and for re-election as Lieutenant Governor in 2008. She has been with the Lt. Governor’s Office since 2005, most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, overseeing communications, policy, scheduling and operations. Prior to joining Landrieu’s team, Ms. Arata was a partner in High Note Communications, a New Orleans-based firm handling public relations and public affairs work for various clients in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Arata is a veteran of several state and local campaigns, as well as two presidential races. At the federal level, Ms. Arata worked on Capitol Hill in the offices of Senator Landrieu and Representative Johnson of Texas. For her dedication to community service, Ms. Arata earned a Presidential Scholarship to Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She received a Bachelors of Science degree from the College of Charleston.
Executive Director of Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans
Cedric S. Grant
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.
Sharonda Williams J.D.
Sharonda Williams serves as City Attorney. In this capacity, she is responsible for directing and supervising the legal affairs of the City of New Orleans. Williams joined the City Attorney’s office in 2011 as Chief Deputy City Attorney for Litigation. In that role, she supervised and managed lawyers and staff on all litigation matters, as well as matters related to civil service, alcohol beverage control, risk management, public records, and transactional matters involving the City of New Orleans. She was also the lead City Attorney on matters relating to the taxi cab reform litigation and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office consent decree cases.
Prior to joining City Hall, Williams was a partner at Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC. She was the first African American to become a partner at the firm.