Bob BeckerBob Becker is the CEO of New Orleans City Park. Becker, who earned a doctorate in urban studies at UNO in 2006, has been the 1,300-acre park’s chief executive officer for 11 years.

He was at the helm in August of 2005, when hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levees, in his words, ‘annihilated the Park.’  After Hurricane, Becker assembled a public-private financing plan that has raised more than $100 million for storm recovery and implementing the park’s master plan.