The 2017 Robert Preston Tisch Award for Civic Leadership will honor Mitchell J. Landrieu, Mayor of the City of New Orleans. Presentation of the award will be followed by a discussion a conversation between Mayor Landrieu and Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.
Mitchell J. Landrieu became the 61st Mayor of New Orleans in 2010 with a clear mandate to turn the city around following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. He was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term in 2014. Under Landrieu, New Orleans became one of the fastest growing major cities in America, adding over 15,000 new jobs and securing more than $6 billion in private development. To combat the city’s notoriously high murder rate, Landrieu launched NOLA FOR LIFE in 2012, a murder-reduction strategy that has brought about a nearly 20% decrease in murders, the lowest level in the city in decades. Prior to serving as Mayor, Landrieu served as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana for six years and as a State legislator for 16 years, where he earned a reputation as a reformer. A graduate of Catholic University in Washington, DC, he also holds a law degree from Loyola University.