FFL welcomes new staffers to our team!

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In other staff news, Tanya Gulliver-Garcia has been promoted to Associate Director of Programs and Planning.Also, Liz Williams who has been promoted to Coastal Communities Resilience Director, while Rachelle Thomason has been named Programs Associate for our Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund after coming on board FFL as a fellow working under Williams.

Over this summer we have been excited to welcome new staff members as we build our capacity and expand our efforts. Joining the FFL team: Monique E. Brown Grants and Program Implementation Fellow; Laquitta Bowers, Programs Assistant for Special Initiatives (Baton Rouge); Nicole Washington, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO; and Caressa Chester, Programs Assistant for Special Initiatives (New Orleans).

In other staff news, Tanya Gulliver-Garcia has been promoted to Associate Director of Programs and Planning. Also, Liz Williams who has been promoted to Coastal Communities Resilience Director, while Rachelle Thomason has been named Programs Associate for our Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund after coming on board FFL as a fellow working under Williams.

We’re also happy to welcome our summer intern, Leah Weaver, a rising senior at Tulane University, who is helping us with a range of duties including providing support for our communications efforts along with support on our coastal work.

Here’s more on our new staffers:

Laquitta Bowers, Programs Assistant for Special Initiatives (Baton Rouge)
Laquitta will be supporting the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) work in Baton Rouge, assisting with program activities and supporting our Fiscal Sponsorship program. Laquitta has an extensive background in nonprofit work, most recently as a survey research interviewer with LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab. Prior to that she has worked for Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum; George Washington University Biostatistics Center; National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition; AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families; and supported Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration response to Hurricane Katrina.

Monique Brown, Programs Assistant
A native of New Orleans, Monique graduated from Dillard University with a degree in Public Health-Health Systems Management. Monique has more than 10 years of experience in grants management, policy and advocacy, and tobacco prevention and control. She is one the founding members of the national tobacco-free HBCU initiative and worked closely with colleges and universities across Louisiana to development and implement tobacco-free campus policies. Monique is an advocate for children’s rights and a certified foster parent. Monique resides in Gentilly with her husband and three children; when she can find free time she enjoys reading, movies, and is an extraordinary baker.

Caressa Chester, Programs Assistant for Special Initiatives (New Orleans)
Caressa is also joining us as a Program Assistant for Special Initiatives working in the New Orleans office under the supervision of Tanya Gulliver-Garcia. Caressa will provide support for all program areas, with a particular focus on our coastal work given her environmental background. Caressa comes to us from Bricolage Academy in New Orleans, where she served as the Garden Program Coordinator and Teacher. In this role, she kick-started Bricolage’s new school garden, which worked to help students understand the connection between nature, art, science and food. She previously served as the Major Gifts Assistant at Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Ariz.

Nicole Washington, Executive Assistant to the CEO
Nicole comes from a long background of bringing her organizational, research and management prowess to the work of advancing a social justice agenda. Along with working with the president and CEO’s scheduling, Nicole will be responsible for managing preparations for meetings and presentations, offering advice on technology and file-sharing practices that improve FFL’s overall effectiveness, acting as an intermediary to improve efficiency and effectiveness in our work.