Carey Shea is the founder of the Neighborhood Homes Investment Coalition, a national policy effort to revitalize distressed single-family home neighborhoods. She has directed several community development corporations including Home by Hand and Project Home Again, in post-Katrina New Orleans. From September 2012 until December 2013, Carey was a loaned-executive to the City of New Orleans where she worked with the Director of Housing Policy and Community Development to design and implement a $52 million soft-second mortgage program that enabled over 900 residents to become first-time homeowners in Orleans Parish.
She came to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina to manage the disaster recovery planning process – the Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP) – for the Rockefeller Foundation.
Upon completion of UNOP, she launched and implemented the $25 million Community Revitalization Fund for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Carey has also worked for the Surdna Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, and was founder and executive director of the East New York Urban Youth Corps. Carey was also the founder and president of an urban homesteading (sweat-equity) rehab project in New York City in the 1980s.