He was named by Mayor C. Ray Nagin of New Orleans in 2007 as the Mayor’s Executive Director for Recovery. His post including coordinating and negotiating all aspects of the City and Parish’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. He reported directly to the Mayor and had coordinating responsibilities for the use of all City resources to re-develop the city working with government and community
Planning, Development & Design Panels-Mediation
As a consultant and advisor, Ed has been responsible for leading teams in planning and implementing solutions for major urban areas in the United States and overseas. He has been the major economic development consultant for Sydney, and Melbourne Australia, City of Oakland as well as cities of major jurisdictions throughout the United States. He was responsible for the major downtown revitalization plan for Oakland as well as that City's earthquake and fire recovery projects including mediating government and private insurance claims for Cypress Freeway project and Oakland Fire and many others.
He serves as advisor to the OECD and mediator state governments in the United States, Australia, Sweden and Japan. ... As a negotiator and advisor. He has been responsible for leading teams in planning and implementing solutions for major urban areas in the United States as well as China, Russia, France, Brazil, Armenia, Turkey, Georgia, Russia and Azerbaijan(2002)-- South Africa Poland, Sweden, Canada, Egypt as expert on commercial and regional development as well as neutral in cross border disputes