Director, Data Analytics & Project Management
Jen Cecil is a Six Sigma Black Belt, PMI certified project manager, trainer, researcher, and data analyst with more than 10 years of experience in municipal government management and leadership. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from University of Michigan with an emphasis in econometrics and program evaluation, along with certificates in Public Finance from the University of Chicago, Managing Complex Projects from UC Berkeley, and Applied Data Science from MIT.
Jen served the City of New Orleans as the Director of its One Stop, which included departments responsible for Permitting, Inspections, City Planning, Licensing, Special Events, Historic Districts, and 11 other reviewing agencies for 7 years.
Prior to developing and directing the One Stop, Jen served as a Capital Budget Director until 2013. Working in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Jen formulated and drafted the City’s Capital Budget Book and related ordinances to fund a $600M rebuilding program. She developed tracking systems responsive to the FEMA Project Worksheet process and leveraged bond, CDBG, grant, and state revolving funds to maximize the number of projects funded and managed under the Landrieu Administration.
Jen has led several projects including municipal knowledge base development, restructuring and redesign of web content for 508 compliance and plain-language principles, application UI/UX design and testing, zoning map digitization, land management software implementations, and custom application development for elected officials.