Board of Directors
Louisiana Brownfield Association Board Member
Chad has worked for the Acadiana Metropolitan Planning Organization and then the Acadiana Planning Commission since January of 2011 as a Planner and Project Manager. He obtained a Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center in the Spring of 2014. While a law student, and working with Lafayette Consolidated Government, he set up and coordinated a pilot project to address a backlog of tax adjudicated property within Lafayette Parish. As part of the project, and with the assistance of interns from SULC, five properties were moved out of tax adjudication and acquired by LCG for McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Revitalization projects. The pilot project also surveyed the legal histories of over 30 adjudicated properties and estimated the annual cost to local government for each of these properties.
In 2017 Chad successfully wrote the first Community-Wide EPA Brownfields Assessment grant to be awarded in the Acadiana Region. The focus of this grant is the revitalization of Lafayette’s Four Corners Area – one of the most impoverished in Lafayette parish. To support community engagement for this project he successfully applied for an AmeriCorps-Vista position that was awarded through EDA Region 6. These efforts have successfully attracted over $15 million dollars in proposed private redevelopment within the target area of the grant.
Chad has been actively engaged in community outreach and education about Brownfields redevelopment. Working with Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields program (KSU TAB) and the Louisiana Brownfield Association (LBA), He has successfully organized two local Brownfields workshops, each of which was well attended by a broad cross-section of stakeholders from across Louisiana. He assisted Acadia Parish and its economic development entity, OneAcadia, with a successful EPA Building Block Technical Assistance grant application. Chad currently sits on the board of directors for the Louisiana Brownfield Association (LBA) and assists with their outreach efforts.
Chad holds undergraduate degrees in Botany (BS, 1994) and Anthropology (BA, 2010) and a Juris Doctorate (SULC, 2014) and has completed graduate coursework in education, biology, statistics, and geosciences. He has been a member of numerous honors societies and was named the 2010 Outstanding Graduate in Anthropology by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As a law student he received the CALI award for excellence in Family Law (2012) and Real-estate Transactions (2013). Chad has written and presented numerous professional publications ranging from topics in cell biology to the geospatial relationships of socio-economic factors that contribute to the spread of blight and abandonment.