Gerard Barousse Jr. is founder and chairman of the Bayou District Foundation. The organization leads the planning and development of Columbia Parc.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area, Barousse and his partners decided they wanted to help rebuild the community. They decided to turn the site of the former St. Bernard public housing development in to a “holistic community model”. The development includes a mixed-income community with schools, recreation and support services.