HRI Communities Leadership
Sidney J. Barthelemy
Vice President, Government Relations Emeritus
Behind Sidney J. Barthelemy’s easygoing charm and wit is a fierce determination to improve the lives of others. This drive carried him through a distinguished career in public service that included serving in the Louisiana State Senate and serving two terms on the New Orleans City Council, culminating in two terms as the mayor of New Orleans. As HRI’s vice president of government relations, he helps the company navigate the often-complex hurdles its projects face.
Sidney brings firsthand knowledge of working city governments and can leverage his personal reputation and extensive list of contacts from his time in office to ensure HRI’s projects progress smoothly. A former president of the National League of Cities, Louisiana Conference of Mayors and National Association of Regional Councils, he understands the complex forces that shape urban areas culturally and economically, and he knows how important HRI’s work is to the public.
In 1994, he was honored with the National League of Cities Leadership Award. Today, his reputation as an authority continues; he served as an adjunct professor for the Kennedy School of Government and the Tulane University School of Public Health. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C., and he holds a master’s in social work from Tulane University.