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Ed Blakely


Ed Blakely

A World Leader in Rebuilding Infrastructure and Lives

Edward J. Blakely '60, namesake for UCR's Center for Sustainable Suburban Development and one of the world's leading scholars in the fields of planning, infrastructure, transportation and local economic development, recognizes the power of a plan.

Blakely served as the executive director of the Office of Recovery and Development Administration for the city of New Orleans from 2007 through July 1, 2009. He resigned the position and returned to his position as the honorary professor in urban policy at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

The promise for me was a small liberal arts college with small classes and collective learning atmosphere. I hope this is the promise for current students. I am still interested in learning and continue to teach, conduct research and perform public service based on the collegial model I gained at UCR.

Rebuilding relationships, hopes and dreams is nothing new to Blakely. He has forged new relationships among universities and the public and private sectors for more than 30 years and helped coordinate planning efforts after the 1989 Bay Area earthquake and the 1991 Oakland wildfire-for his efforts, he received the San Francisco Foundation Award for improving community life in the Bay Area. He has served as an adviser for governments in Korea, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Australia and the United States.

Visit Edward Blakely's profile page at the University of Sydney.

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