Dakota is the Resilience Program Analyst for the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development – Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU). During his tenure at OCD-DRU, Dakota has assisted in both the obtainment and management of the National Disaster Resilience (NDR) grant that was awarded as a result of HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). The $92.6 million award is split up into two projects, the implementation of the resilience policy framework known as Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) and the resettlement of the Isle de Jean Charles community located in coastal Terrebonne Parish. Both projects seek to answer questions about how we adapt to our changing environment locally and across the globe.
Dakota received his Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans and his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Geography from Louisiana State University. Dakota’s background in urban planning, sociology and geography makes him a versatile planner capable of solving a variety of problems.