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.

Learn more about our Board of Directors in their bios.

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

Jainey K. Bavishi,  Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency

Lieutenant Gen. Russel Honore, Retired

Telley S. Madina, Senior Policy Officer, Oxfam America

May Nguyen, Development Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network

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.

Learn more about our Staff in their bios.

EXECUTIVE STAFF

Flozell Daniels, Jr., President and CEO

Charmel Gaulden, Chief Operating Officer

Dana Delpit, Chief Financial Officer

STAFF

Laquitta Bowers, Programs Associate

Caressa Chester, Coastal Community Programs Associate

Asti Davis, Climate Justice Network Engagement Manager

Michele Garval, Staff Accountant

Ra'Shaud Haines, Community Investment Fund Manager

Keeta Jackson, Racial Justice Programs Associate

Desmond Johnnie, Grants and Fiscal Sponsor Manager

Maria Cherry Rangel, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Nicole Washington, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Liz Williams Russell, Coastal Community Resilience Director