Michael Hunnicutt graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture, College of Design, and from the University of New Orleans with a Master’s Degree in Planning, College of Urban and Public Affairs. He is a registered and licensed Landscape Architect and Contractor in the State of Louisiana. He is a certified inspector with the International Building Code and a Certified Floodplain Manager with the Association of State Floodplain Managers.
After working for two prominent Architectural, Engineering and Planning firms in the City of New Orleans, he started his public service career working in the Department of Community Development for St. Bernard Parish Government, LA, in 1990. He was appointed to the director’s position in 1996. As director for the Department of Community Development, he was in charge of the Offices of Planning and Zoning, Safety and Permits, Coastal Zone Management, Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness and Animal Control. Following Hurricane Katrina, Michael was appointed as the Deputy Section Chief for Hazard Mitigation at the Louisiana Recovery Office working for the U. S. Department of Homeland Security under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). His duties with Hazard Mitigation included oversight of the NFIP, compliance of local communities with FEMA floodplain management regulations, map modernization projects and community education and outreach. He has been a guest instructor for FEMA at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). Michael is currently working back with St. Bernard Parish Government as their Hazard Mitigation Technical Advisor.
Michael has represented and has been involved with several regional and state organizations such as the Planning Directors Council of Louisiana, the Southeast Hurricane Task Force, the 911 Communications District, the Louisiana Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Emergency Planning Council, the Louisiana Mapping Project and the Building Officials Association of Louisiana. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Floodplain Managers Association. He is very involved in his local community serving on the Board of Directors for several non-profit and civic organizations.
He has lived in St. Bernard Parish all of his life, is both a victim and survivor of Hurricanes Betsy and Katrina, and still currently resides in St. Bernard Parish, LA.