Jeffrey Schwartz is the Executive Director of Broad
Community Connections, a non-profit Main Street program that promotes
the revitalization of Broad Street and its surrounding neighborhoods in
New Orleans. While there, he led the development of the $21M ReFresh
Project, a fresh food access development combining fresh food retail,
community health and wellness programming, and workforce development.
Jeffrey has a decade of community economic development experience,
focused on community development finance, small business and real estate
development, and the relationship between the health and vibrancy of a
community and its built environment. He was a Mayoral Fellow in New
Orleans’ City Hall in 2004-2005, where he worked in the Mayor’s Office
of Economic Development and the Health Department. Jeffrey has a Master
of City Planning degree from MIT, where he studied City Design &
Development and Housing & Community Economic Development, and wrote his
thesis on fresh food access in New Orleans before and after Katrina.
Jeffrey is actively involved with planning and transportation issues in
New Orleans, where he has served on the boards of the Regional Planning
Commission, Industrial Development Board, Ride New Orleans, and the
Friends of Lafitte Corridor.