Who We Are

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WHO WE ARE

Foundation for Louisiana is the people's foundation. We tackle the issues that most deeply impact our communities, advocating alongside Louisianans to chart our own futures. We are transparent and accountable to our community around what we fund, who we fund, and how we make funding decisions. We have strong, stated, actualized values. We use our power responsibly, acknowledge it, and push it outward. We are Black-led and honor the knowledge of people of color, women, two-spirit and transgender individuals -- and the many ways in which these identities intersect. We are bold in our analysis and movement towards freedom, amplifying the lived experiences of Louisianans closest to the work. We bring people with us, and people bring us with them. We will continue to be courageous.

WE ARE GUIDED BY A SET OF CORE VALUES AND BELIEFS

FREEDOM. Our work is rooted in the legacy of abolition movements that have existed in Louisiana for hundreds of years. We will press on until our state sees true collective freedom for all Louisianans.
JUSTICE. Achieving justice for all Louisianans requires effective public policy and systemic change, a decolonial framework, and an intersectional understanding of systems of oppression. We are interconnected, and our work must address legacies of slavery and anti-Black racism, and acknowledge that we are on Native land.
ACCESS. Removing barriers and creating paths to resources and opportunities for those who have been denied access to them is necessary for systemic change.
KNOWLEDGE. The grassroots wisdom of Louisiana residents is our most valuable resource. Given appropriate support, communities can and will solve their own problems and chart their own futures.
LIVED EXPERIENCE. Those who are most impacted by injustice are also best equipped to lead positive change in their communities. As such, our board and staff are representative of our communities across Louisiana.
TRANSPARENCY. Being clear and open about our work holds us accountable to each other and to our communities, and maintains our integrity as an organization.
DIGNITY. Individuals and families have the right to thrive in everyday life, and amidst both natural and man-made disasters.
COMMITMENT. Continuous individual and collective growth improves our work. We are committed to doing our best and always aim to do better.
COURAGE. We acknowledge the longevity of our struggles. We find the strength necessary to persevere in the face of violence by remembering that we walk in the footsteps of our ancestors.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board of Directors have strong ties to every part of the state, as well as leadership skills, business expertise, and philanthropic experience that has been recognized nationally and throughout the world. This powerful combination of local investment and talent makes the Board one of Foundation for Louisiana's strongest assets.

Pamela Jenkins, Ph.D.
Chair, Research Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies Program, University of New Orleans
Linetta J. Gilbert
Chair Emeritus; Managing Partner, Gilbert & Associates
Ambassador James A. Joseph
Chair Emeritus
Lieutenant Gen. Russel Honore
(Retired)
Telley S. Madina
Senior Policy Officer, Oxfam America
Alvertha Bratton Penny
Principal, Alvertha Penny and Associates
Mark L. Quinn
Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Xavier University; director, Xavier University Entrepreneurship Institute


TEAM
We depend on our dedicated staff to carry out FFL's mission. The Foundation's high-engagement team works closely with Louisiana residents to provide resources in support of their work . The staff brings a wide array of experience and talent to our work and shares an abiding commitment to building a better Louisiana.

EXECUTIVE STAFF

Flozell Daniels, Jr.
President and CEO
Alfredo A. Cruz
Vice President of Programs & Special Initiatives
Dana Delpit
Chief Financial Officer

STAFF

Laquitta Bowers
Programs Associate
Monique Brown
Programs Associate
Caressa Chester
Coastal Community Programs Associate
Rosa Gomez-Herrin
Director of Racial Justice Programs
Ra'Shaud Haines
Community Investment Fund Manager
Victoria Heffron
Staff Accountant
Keeta Jackson
Programs Associate
Desmond Johnnie
Grants and Fiscal Sponsor Manager
Klie Kliebert
Communications Manager
Maria Cherry Rangel
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Rachelle Sanderson
Coastal Community Resilience Program Manager
Nicole Washington
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Liz Williams Russell
Coastal Community Resilience Director

INTERNS

Jamal Melancon
Communications and Journalism


ADVISORY BOARDS

Community Investment Fund
Flozell Daniels, Jr.
Alexandra Stroud, AIA, LEED AP
Pamela Jenkins, Ph.D.
Mark Quinn

LGBTQ Out in the South
Dylan Waguespack, Louisiana Trans Advocates
Sebastian Rey, LGBT Community Center
Wes Ware, BreakOUT!
Lois Smyth, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
SarahJane Brady, Forum for Equality
Michelle Erenberg, LIFT Louisiana
Alfredo Cruz, Foundation for Louisiana
Dr. Earl Nupsius Benjamin, The BACH Group
Dr. Flint Mitchell, Louisiana Children's Research Center for Development and Learning
Roy Williams, Greater New Orleans Foundation