Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg, heroes of New Orleans, Louisiana

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She left her high profile job to help the people in need. She is Liz McCartney, a native of Washington, DC. McCartney co-founded the St. Bernard Project, a non profit organization to help storm survivors by rebuilding their homes, destroyed in Hurricane Katrina in St. Bernard Parish, south-east of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The main activity of St. Bernard Project is to rebuild the homes of disaster survivors of New Orleans, Joplin, New York and New Jersey, at zero cost to the residents. It recruits volunteers and trains them. It provides skilled site managers, health services and also coordinates fundraising.

Liz McCartney is a graduate from Boston College in 1994. She holds a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the George Washington University. She also served in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, South Africa. Before starting St. Bernard Project, McCartney was the Executive Director of a community-based non profit organization in Washington, DC.

After the devastating storm (Hurricane Katrina), Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg volunteered to help the devastated people of St. Bernard Parish in March 2006. By June 2006, both of them quit their jobs in Washington and returned to Louisiana and co-founded the St. Bernard Project. As of April 2014, more than 700 hurricane-damaged homes have been built up in St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans under the St. Bernard Project.

CNN Hero Liz McCartney


McCartney’s selfless dedications have rewarded her with the CNN Hero of the year award in 2008. Liz and Zack were named Gambit’s New Orleanians of the Year 2008. Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg were also awarded with Heroes of the Storm Award on May 3, 2008. They also received the Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneurship Award in 2008.

Image Credit: BWS

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