New Orleans, LA
Carey Shea is the Executive Director of Home by Hand and the former Executive Director of Project Home Again, a community revitalization and affordable housing development organization rebuilding the Gentilly neighborhoods of New Orleans. From September 2012 until December 2013, Carey was a loaned-executive to the City of New Orleans where she worked with the Director of Housing Policy and Community Development to design and implement a $52 million soft-second mortgage program that enabled over 1,000 residents to become first-time homeowners in Orleans Parish. She arrived in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina to project manage the disaster recovery planning process – the Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP) – for the Rockefeller Foundation. Upon completion of the planning process, she launched and implemented the $25 million Community Revitalization Fund for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Carey has also worked for the Surdna Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, and the East New York Urban Youth Corps which she founded. Carey was the founder and president of an urban homesteading (sweat-equity) rehab project in New York City in the 1980s.