Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
New Orleanian Liz McCartney, co-founder of the non-profit St. Bernard Project, which has rebuilt hundreds of homes in south Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina, will be one of eight honorary Citizen Co-Chairs of President Obama’s inauguration on Monday.
McCartney will ride in the inaugural parade through the streets of Washington, D.C., attend the inaugural ball and participate in a community service project this weekend, organizers announced.
McCartney and her husband, Zack Rosenburg, came to New Orleans from Washington to found the St. Bernard Project in 2006, to provide rebuilding and recovery help to hurricane-damaged areas.
The non-profit has rebuilt hundreds of homes in New Orleans and in Joplin, Missouri through its affiliate Rebuild Joplin. SBP has recruited over 70,000 volunteers and AmeriCorps members since inception to support its efforts.
Most recently, it has worked closely with stakeholders in New York and New Jersey to help rebuild communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
McCartney is one of eight honorees who will join people from all 50 states in a National Day of Service on Saturday.
“Each of these remarkable Americans reflect the core values of this Administration and the theme of the 57th Presidential Inauguration: Our People. Our Future,” said a statement from the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
“Naming Citizen Co-Chairs is a new Inaugural tradition that President Obama and Vice President Biden decided to launch to honor all of the Americans who can relate to the stories of these co-chairs.”