Leila Darwish

Lousiana’s

Disaster Resilience Program Fellow

Leila Darwish is joining the Foundation for Louisiana team as the Disaster Resilience Program Fellow. Her position includes assisting with organizing disaster preparedness and resilience training opportunities and workshops, supporting FFL’s internal and external response to disasters in Louisiana, and supporting the development and implementation of FFL’s Equitable Disaster Resilience Framework (EDRF).

Leila is completing her Master’s of Disaster Resilience Leadership at Tulane University in New Orleans. She has worked as a Disaster Research Associate at the Institute For Catastrophic Loss Reduction in Toronto, and also interned with Evacuteer in New Orleans as its Continuity Planner and Community Preparedness (COOP) Intern. Prior to that, Leila has more than 13 years of experience working as a community organizer on various environmental and social justice issues in Canada, providing support to frontline communities fighting for climate justice, dealing with environmental health issues, and responding to environmental disasters such as oil spills.

Moving into the field of disaster resilience, Leila is passionate to engage in building and supporting disaster resilience in ways that meaningfully acknowledge and address the root causes of vulnerability, injustice, and inequity. Honoring local knowledge and leadership, increasing access to critical resources, and centering the voices of the communities most impacted by disaster are at the heart of her work. She is honored to join the amazing team at Foundation for Louisiana and support disaster resilience work in communities throughout Louisiana!

Contact Leila at ldarwish@foundationforlouisiana.org.