Cedric S. Grant has served as a senior executive at each of the three major levels of government. His expertise is in capital development and finance, economic development, general government policy development, water utility and disaster grants management and resilience, urban, transportation and strategic planning. He is a strategic thinker and visionary leader.
When he first worked for the City of New Orleans, he managed the development and sale of a 264 unit single family housing subdivision under a federal infrastructure grant. At the City’s Downtown Development District, he completed the infrastructure redevelopment that ushered in the 1984 World’s Fair. At the Port of New Orleans, he developed the 20-year Port Master Plan which included plans for cruise ship and gaming berths. At the City of New Orleans, he managed the City government of 6,000 employees along the $550 million operating and $200 million capital budgets. He managed the Atlanta regional office for Parsons Corporation, overseeing major road and highway projects. As Deputy Secretary of Transportation for the State of Louisiana he managed the State toll authority, its disadvantaged business program and multi-million-dollar special projects such as the Huey P. Long Bridge Expansion, John James Audubon Bridge and I-10 Twin Spans Bridge Replacement Project. While CAO of Ascension Parish he managed the government and its recovery from Hurricane Gustav, securing $20 million for recovery projects including the acquisition of the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
During his 40-year career, Grant developed billions of dollars of public projects. As the leader of the City of New Orleans post Katrina recovery program he directed the delivery of over $1 billion in facilities and roadwork projects including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center Office building. As leader of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, he led reforms of the organizational structure and increased water and sewer rates to support a $3.3 billion capital improvement program that included a $200 million investment in green sustainable infrastructure. He has undertaken, guided and completed complex projects throughout his career. On an international level, Grant engaged in collaborative initiatives such as the C40 Delta Cities Network aimed at creating resilience and adaptation strategies around the world. He has been a frequent speaker on these subjects at international forums.
Grant is currently president of Grant Management Group, a management services firm providing advisory and strategic planning services to government, private sector and non-profit organizations. He is an advisor to public and private clients where he consults with senior leaders on government operations, strategic growth, business development, water management, resilience and sustainability.
Grant holds a B.A. in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and graduate of an International Port Management Training Course. He is an US army veteran retiring with the rank of Major. Mr. Grant is a Life Member of the International City/County Management Association and a member of the ICMA Advisory Group on Graduate Education. He is the 2019 recipient of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Marks of Excellence Award. He has served on the board of directors of several national organizations. Cedric is married to Bridget Depland-Grant.