Sidney J. Barthelemy | Vice President of Government Relations

Sidney Barthelemy joined HRI after a distinguished, successful career in public service that culminated  in two terms as the Mayor of the City of New Orleans. He was first elected to public office in 1974 as a Louisiana State Senator. He was then elected Councilman-At-Large in 1978 and served two terms on the City Council before being elected Mayor in 1986. His personal reputation and extensive contacts from his years as the chief elected officer of a major city represent a significant asset in HRI’s mission to revitalize cities.


Tulane University , New Orleans, Louisiana, Masters Degree, Social Work, 1971
St. Joseph Seminary, Washington, D.C., Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, 1967

Elected Offices

Mayor, City of New Orleans, 1986-1994 
Councilman-at-Large, New Orleans City Council, 1978-1986  
Louisiana State Senator, 1974-1978


Adjunct Professor, Kennedy School of Government
Adjunct Professor, Tulane University School of Public Health
Adjunct Professor, University of New Orleans - College of Education
Associate Professor of Sociology, Xavier University , 1974-1986
Director, City of New Orleans Welfare Department, 1972-1974 
Major Awards and Citations

National League of Cities Leadership Award, 1994
New Orleans Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Daniel E. Byrd Award, 1990
President’s Award, Louisiana Conference of Black Mayors, 1989
American Spirit Award from the Air Force Recruiting Service, 1989
Certificate of National Merit, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1988
B’nai B’rith Torch of Liberty Award
Social Worker of the Year, Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, 1987
American Freedom Award, Third Baptist Church of Chicago , 1987
Outstanding Alumnus, Tulane University School of Social Welfare, 1986
Purple Knight, St. Augustine High School (best all-around student), 1960

Former President, National League of Cities
Former President, National Association of Regional Councils
Former President, Louisiana Conference of Mayors
Democratic National Committee, 1988-1989
Louisiana Conference of Mayors
National Association of Black Mayors
National Association of County Officials
National Association of Regional Councils