We depend on our dedicated staff to carry out Foundation for Louisiana's mission. FFL's high-engagement team works closely with Louisiana residents to provide resources in support of their work. Our staff bring a wide array of experience and talent to our work and they share an abiding commitment to building a better Louisiana.
Flozell Daniels Jr.
Chief Executive Officer & President
Flozell Daniels Jr., a New Orleans native, is a public policy and community engagement strategist with expertise in deep equity models that support community development, resilience building, legislative strategy, and leadership development. With a focus on building successful coalitions that expand opportunity for all, Flozell is accomplished in expanding capacity and outcomes in areas that include community development finance, criminal justice reform, coastal and environmental policy, transit equity and asset development. Flozell has led more than $50 million of award-winning community investment strategies while at the Foundation.
Most recently Flozell served as Tulane University's Assistant Vice-President & Executive Director of State and Local Affairs. In his civic capacity, Flozell is Chairman of the N.O. Regional Transit Authority and Orleans Public Education Network, is board member emeritus of the Urban League of Louisiana, and serves on the Louisiana Public Defender Board and the Governor’s Climate Taskforce.
Flozell is a 2013 graduate of University of Oxford Said Business School's Impact Investing Programme, 2011 Fellow of the Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute, a life Fellow of the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program, an alumnus of Leadership Louisiana and a graduate of the Metropolitan Leadership Forum. Flozell earned an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Tulane University and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans.
Chief Operating Officer
Charmel Gaulden is a lawyer and philanthropic executive with over 15 years experience in nonprofit administration, program design, and strategic advocacy. She previously served as the Vice President of Public Safety Grants at Baptist Community Ministries and chair of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network (GNOFN) Criminal Justice action table, a collection of seven local and national funders working to support equity and justice in the Greater New Orleans region. Licensed in both Georgia and Louisiana, Charmel has practiced law in both state and federal courts. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Contact Charmel at email@example.com
Chief Financial Officer
Native New Orleanianian Dana Delpit brings over 30 years of experience in non-profit fund accounting to Foundation for Louisiana. Her decades of experience include five years of working in community health centers. Dana comes to us from Louisiana Public Health Institute where she served as Compliance and Finance Manager for the PCCP program. The Xavier University graduate earned her MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. Contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President of Programs
Jamie Schmill is a creative systems thinker, strategist, and team builder, who has cultivated her expertise in programs and grants management, capacity building, and equity-centered evaluation through work across the higher education, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. She is fascinated by the relationship between diverse ways of learning and knowing, values-based leadership, and community-led social change and nurtures this interest as a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University. A life-long dancer and athlete, she holds undergraduate degrees in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Dance and a Master of Arts in philosophy from Tulane University. Contact Jamie at email@example.com
Racial Justice Program Associate, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge native Laquitta Bowers is a committed social justice advocate with over 20 years of professional experience in nonprofit work, including the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families, and the National Marrow Donor Program. She uses her unique blend of skills to co-create and implement solutions to build power while dismantling systems of oppression. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Management from The Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Contact Laquitta at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Investment Fund Manager
Ra'Shaud Haines is a "recovering banker" with a passion for empowering his community. He brings more than 15 years of consumer and commercial lending experience, having served as Vice President of Lending at Liberty Bank. Recently, Ra'Shaud led the creation and launch of an automated financial innovation platform from concept to viable product, allowing credit unions to provide small loans to clients via an expedited, paperless process. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Morehouse College and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University. Contact Ra'Shaud at email@example.com
Racial Justice Program Officer
New Orleans Program Officer Wankeeta Jackson is a passionate racial justice advocate whose work has spanned both the public and private sectors. Prior to her work at FFL she served as Grant Research and Evaluation Associate at Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation. Currently she serves on the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition board as Co-chair working towards a safer, decarcerated New Orleans. Keeta earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech and later a Master’s in Human Services. Contact Keeta at firstname.lastname@example.org
With over 15 years' experience in a variety of roles in administration, analyst, tactician, perpetual learner-and-achiever, Ariel Zaleha, maintains a deep appreciation and respect for diversity, equity, equality, and inclusion initiatives. Ariel's unique background has afforded her the opportunity to connect with different groups in multiple countries, representing a myriad of communities. She speaks several languages, and has been able to adapt that ability, to amplify the voices of disenfranchised and marginalized groups throughout Southeast Louisiana, as well as Central and South America, while having established partnerships with international, non-profit organizations, as a volunteer delegate.
Ariel is currently a doctoral student in Public Policy and Administration at West Chester University. There, she continues to address racial injustices and other disparities, while calling attention to abusive bureaucratic practices, that serve to further oppress vulnerable populations in the United States. She previously earned a Master's of Liberal Arts in Sociology from Tulane University, as well as a bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies from the University of New Orleans. Contact Ariel at azaleha@
Senior Staff Accountant
Mita Shrestha brings her more than eight years of work experience in financial recording, financial reporting, and budgeting of government and non-governmental grants from a national and international non-profit organization. She has excellent teamwork and cross-functional collaboration skills while working with various program teams. Before joining Foundation for Louisiana, she worked at YWCA Hartford Region, Connecticut as a Staff Accountant and Save the Children International, Nepal as a Finance Officer. She earned her MBA in Finance from Apex College, Pokhara University in Nepal. She likes to listen to music and cook during her leisure time. Contact Mita at email@example.com
Fiscal Sponsorship Program Manager
Jessica is a nonprofit leader, educator, and writer with 15 years of federal and private grant management experience. She came to FFL from Project Lazarus where she wrote and administrated federal and private grants and provided support services to 75 individuals annually who were experiencing homelessness and living with HIV. A fellow in Tulane University’s inaugural Experiential Education and Leadership Institute, she holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Loyola University and an MFA in Writing and Pedagogy from Chatham University. A Mississippi native, she is co-founder of the New Orleans Writers Workshop and Dogfish New Orleans Reading Series. Contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Staff Accountant
Michele Garval brings 35 years of accounting, spanning both the public and private sectors, experience to the Foundation for Louisiana. Previously Michelle served at the Vera Institute of Justice, The Women’s Action Alliance, and Victim Services. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering to procure props and costumes for several local theatre companies. Contact Michele at email@example.com
Maria Cherry Rangel
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Maria Cherry Rangel is a New Orleans-based cultural strategist, resource organizer, and equity coach, with 15 years of success in helping organizations grow and scale. Cherry’s advocacy has ensured that millions of dollars have been redirected to Southerners, BIPOC communities, and LGBTQ communities. As Director of Strategic Initiatives for Foundation for Louisiana, Cherry launched FFL's arts and culture program, and utilizes her expertise in organizational growth, cultural strategy, racial justice, and LGBTQ organizing to inform FFL’s future. With Ron Ragin, she co-authored Freedom Maps: Activating Legacies of Culture, Art, and Organizing in the US South. Cherry was a 2018-19 Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow and is an alumnus of Smith College. Contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Williams Russell
Climate Justice Program Coordinator
As a New Orleans native with deep Louisiana roots Liz Williams Russell has centered equity and justice while growing FFL’s Climate Justice Program. Her work interrogates the ways that land use, planning, and development solidify inequities, allowing tremendous variations in investment, social services, real estate valuation, criminalization, and access. She is committed to rooting out injustice and bringing about a more healthy, just, and vibrant Louisiana. Liz has shared her unique knowledge having taught within the School of Architecture at Louisiana State University, the Department of Architecture and Landscape within the University of Greenwich in London, London College of Contemporary Art, and Birmingham City University. Contact Liz at email@example.com
Institutional Giving Manager
Chantelle Pierce helps organizations reach audacious goals whether those goals be related to diversity, student enrollment, or fundraising. The native New Orleanian is an alumna of Foundation for Louisiana’s LEAD program and brings over 20 years experience in external relations leadership, message rebranding and strategic planning to FFL. The Loyola University almuna currently serves on the boards of the St. Charles Center for Faith + Action and Outdoor Afro and volunteers as the community manager for her neighborhood association Hollygrove Neighbors Inc. She earned her master’s in social work from Tulane University. Contact Chantelle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donor Relations Manager
Tammy Eskridge, Donor Relations Manager, joined FFL after serving the Southern Poverty Law Center for eight years. There she was promoted from Foundations Relations Coordinator to Development Officer, where she managed a portfolio of major supporters and prospects, routinely drawing six- and seven-figure gifts. Her career began as the Development Coordinator for the Family Sunshine Center, which provides support for victims of domestic violence, assault, and trafficking. Her volunteer experience consists of leadership roles in church and civic organizations, including boards of directors and chairman positions. Tammy holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. Contact Tammy at email@example.com
Senior Staff Accountant
New Orleans native Nicole Harris is a dedicated accountant who brings over ten years of accounting and non-profit financial reporting experience to Foundation for Louisiana. The Dillard University alumna’s experience spans the legal and medical fields having previously served at the Louisiana State Bar Association and Fresenius Medical Care. Contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Maarten native Sabrina Joseph brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation for Louisiana. Having lived all over the country, her previous experience includes work in the logistics, transportation, and medical fields. The Wilberforce University alumna earned her master’s in accounting from the University of Phoenix and is active in her church Choice International Family Outreach Center where she is an ordained minister and executive administrator. Contact Sabrina at email@example.com
Senior Fellow in Economic Justice
Nathan Rupp comes to FFL with a background in economic development and justice space. They have worked in Federal, state, local government, as well as for non-profits and NGOs domestically and abroad; They are passionate about an intersectional approach in conjunction with FFL's continued environmental and legal and community justice work. Nathan has a BA in philosophy, and a master's in public policy for George Washington University, focusing on economic development and program evaluation. Contact Nathan at firstname.lastname@example.org