Dr. Brenda Ann Garibaldi Hatfield (born July 26, 1943) is the former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the City of New Orleans, having served under the administration of former Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Hatfield was appointed to the position of CAO in July 2005, less than a month before Hurricane Katrina. She has served as a member of the Nagin Administration's executive staff since 2004. Prior to her appointment as CAO, she served as Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the administration.
During the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hatfield set up base of operation in Baton Rouge for city personnel to begin the operations for emergency relief funding for New Orleans' citizens and city government. Shortly thereafter, Hatfield led a team of personnel to expedite the amendment of the city's budget to reflect the depleted revenue base.
Since Hurricane Katrina, Hatfield has worked with Mayor Nagin and others to establish the Office of