Programs Assistant for Special Initiatives
Keeta joins Foundation for Louisiana as Programs Assistant for Special Initiatives, working in the New Orleans office under the supervision of Tanya Gulliver-Garcia. Keeta provides support for the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation framework funded through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as well as support in the development of the Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District a 19-block transformation of the elevated Interstate-10 expressway along Claiborne Avenue.
Keeta is the oldest daughter of a military family and raised in Virginia Beach, Va. Later, would earn her Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After graduating, Keeta joined a Fortune 500 company that led to her working at their corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., for several years when an opportunity to relocate to New Orleans opened in 2010. After a few more years in a career in the private sector, she was drawn to the unique culture and resilience of the residents of New Orleans and was compelled to make a change in career that aligned with her concerns for social justice and equality. In 2013, Keeta entered a master’s program in Human Services with Capella University, which she completed in March of 2016.
Prior to her work with Foundation for Louisiana, Keeta leveraged her corporate experience and worked at Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation as Grant Research and Evaluation Associate under AmeriCorps. She assisted in designing and implementing systems and materials that expand the funding of Propeller and further its mission to help entrepreneurs grow their nonprofits and small businesses to tackle social and environmental disparities in New Orleans through education, food access, health and water.