Host, Lillian Vasquez of "A Conversation With..." interviews Dr. Blakely's aims to improve New Orleans by building smarter and not make the mistake of simply building over the faults that made Hurricane Katrina one of the most devastating natural disasters our country has ever experienced. When it comes to his job, Dr. Blakely offers a drive to produce original ideas and go above and beyond what is expected of him. His role in the recovery efforts has been very well received, and many New Orleans residents have high hopes that their home will be less susceptible to another major natural disaster.
He was born and raised in the Inland Empire and is just one of the prominent members of society that are coming out of our community. Blakely was born in Colton, and educated in the San Bernardino, Dr. Blakely went on to accomplish great things in the world of urban planning. He attended UC Riverside where he played quarterback for the university's football team. Dr. Blakely holds several degrees including a doctorate from UCLA in Education and Management, and two master's degrees from UC Berkeley in Latin American History and, Pasadena Nazarene College in Organization Management. He has since served on the board of directors of the American Planning Association, the Nature Conservancy, SE Corporation and Environmental Science Associates. He was also appointed by President Clinton to the Presidio Trust in 1998-2000 and was directly involved in the recovery efforts for the San Francisco, Los Angeles earthquakes and the attacks on September 11th. KVCR is proud to illuminate this native Inlander's accomplishments.
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