Biography of Mitchell J. Landrieu
Mitchell J. Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans on May 3, 2010 with a clear mandate to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the people of New Orleans. Two years into his administration, Landrieu has delivered major victories that lay the groundwork for transformational change in critical sectors. Already he has:
Worked to make our city safer by reforming the NOPD through a partnership with the Department of Justice. Police officers have been moved from behind their desks and put out on the streets. Additionally, the City launched NOLA FOR LIFE: A Comprehensive Murder Reduction Strategy that lays out the approach the administration will take to make our streets safer.
Created the Jobs of the 21st Century in New Orleans by launching the NOLA Business Alliance, the City’s first ever public-private partnership for economic development to improve coordination between business and city government. Since taking office, the city has added over 3,400 jobs, including green jobs at Blade Dynamics, etc. New Orleans is leveraging federal investments to create jobs, including Loyola Street Car Expansion and the University Medical Center
Improved education and opportunities for young people by working with the Federal government to secure $1.8 billion in funding for the rebuilding of New Orleans’ school facilities to serve as anchors of integrated, place-based development. The city also doubled its budget for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission providing more opportunities for young people. Youth ages 14-21 are able to acquire work experience and obtain a skill/trade with the help of Job1.
Launched a comprehensive blight strategy which aims to eliminate up to 10,000 blighted and/or vacant properties by 2014 and enhance existing neighborhood revitalization strategies.
Helped secure $437 million in new funding from FEMA for critical infrastructure and capital project improvements including new money for roads, drainage, parks and playgrounds, and criminal justice facilities.
Reformed City budget practices, including closing an $100 million budget deficit inherited in 2010 and reducing city government spending by 8 over percent.
Leveraged over $76 million in philanthropic funding and federal grants to invest in the city.
Restored trust in city government by reforming contracting and procurement processes and increasing transparency and accountability in government.
Rebuilding New Orleans through the 100 Projects commitment. The projects cover a wide range of facilities, from recreation to health clinics to criminal justice facilities to major road overhauls.
Residents and businesses have responded. An overwhelming majority believe the city is moving in the right direction. Housing values and school test scores are on the rise. Forbes recently named New Orleans the #1 city for “brain gain.” And businesses and philanthropies from around the country are investing new money in the city and its resilient people. The city is the epicenter and laboratory for innovation and change in America and will continue to serve as the model for wholesale urban renewal.
Prior to serving as Mayor, Landrieu served as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana for six years, leading the effort to rebuild the tourism industry after Hurricane Katrina and the tens of thousands of jobs it creates. During his tenure, Landrieu launched the Cultural Economy Initiative to quantify and grow jobs in Louisiana’s culture, music, food, film and art industries.
Mitch also had a successful law practice for 15 years and became an expert mediator, focusing on alternative dispute resolution. In life, law and government, he always seeks to bring people together to find common ground. Mitch graduated from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1982, and Loyola University Law School in New Orleans in 1985. He and his wife Cheryl have 5 children.
Landrieu had also represented the Broadmoor neighborhood as a State legislator for 16 years. During his tenure, he made his mark as a reformer and honest broker who could get the job done. Landrieu also had a successful law practice for 15 years and became an expert mediator, focusing on alternative dispute resolution.
Landrieu grew up as one of nine children in the Broadmoor neighborhood. It was here on South Prieur Street that Landrieu developed a love for the City of New Orleans. Today, he and his wife Cheryl are raising five children of their own. Landrieu's governing philosophy is rooted in his Jesuit education, where he learned to be committed to service. He was educated at Jesuit High School, Catholic University, and earned a law degree from Loyola University.