July 29, 2011
BATON ROUGE, La. — Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater has named Pat Forbes the executive director of the Office of Community Development within the Division of Administration. Forbes had been named interim director in May.
The Office of Community Development is responsible for administering federal Community Development Block Grant dollars in the state. The Disaster Recovery Unit within OCD oversees the use of CDBG funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for recovery from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.
OCD-DRU Executive Director Pat Forbes addresses a crowd at the grand opening
“Pat brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, and has already shown the leadership necessary to successfully continue our state’s recovery from the 2005 and 2008 storms,” said Rainwater.
Before being named interim executive director, Forbes served as the director of programs for OCD-DRU and was previously the director of Infrastructure. He was an engineer and
technical assistant in the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities before joining OCD. He also has experience in the private sector as an engineer at Turner Environmental, Inc. and in several positions at Georgia Pacific Corporation.
Forbes earned both a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
The Disaster Recovery Unit within the Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana’s citizens recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. As the state’s central point for hurricane recovery, the OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger than before.