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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.

Charmel Gaulden

CEO and President

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

Dana Delpit

Chief Financial Officer

Native New Orleanian 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

Jamie Schmill

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

Wankeeta Jackson

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


Mita Shrestha 

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

Caryn Blair

Strategic Projects Manager 

Caryn Blair is an urbanist born and raised in New Orleans. Caryn has experience in government, social impact consulting, academia, and nonprofit operations. Her multi-sector advocacy has focused on racial justice, equitable work environments, PK-16 education, anti-displacement efforts, and food access initiatives. Caryn is skilled in grantwriting, strategic thinking, event coordination, and program development and evaluation. She earned her bachelor's degree in urban studies and a graduate certificate in disaster management and community resilience from the University of New Orleans. She received her master's in urban planning with a specialization in community development from SUNY Buffalo, where she was the recipient of the School of Architecture and Planning's Public Service Award. Caryn currently serves on the board of SPROUT NOLA, a community-driven nonprofit committed to creating a more equitable food system. Contact Caryn at

Tiffany Hall

Grants Manager

Tiffany Hall is a non-profit administrator from New Orleans, LA. Tiffany previously held a position at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, as the Operations & Grants Manager, where she created systematic and shared practices that supported the organization, staff, and Board of Trustees and identified and managed fundraising opportunities. Passionate about the arts at an early age, Tiffany has a background in visual arts and dance. She received her B.A. in painting and M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans. She was one of six selected to participate in the 2020 cohort of Dance in Leadership Training (DILT) offered through Dance/USA and is a proud alumni of the intern program at Jacob’s Pillow. Contact Tiffany at

Chantelle Pierre

Director of Pooled Funds

Chantelle Pierre, a native of New Orleans, brings over 25 years of experience in education and nonprofit leadership. 

A go-to strategist for organizations experiencing leadership transitions, she has led teams to produce goal-shattering results. Chantelle is a sought-after speaker, presenting and facilitating discussions on donor engagement and inclusive leadership development strategies regionally and nationally. She raised seven-figure, multi-year gifts used to resource historically excluded, Black-led grassroots organizations serving vulnerable populations. 

In addition to pursuing her P.h.D. in Justice Studies at the University of New Orleans, she serves as an executive committee member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in New Orleans, as an advisor of Outdoor Afro, a cohort three member of Loyola’s Women’s Leadership Academy and a local board member of the St. Charles Center for Faith + Action. She is an FFL L.E.A.D. alum. Contact Chantelle at

Antonio Dorado

Fiscal Sponsorship Program Associate 

Antonio Dorado is a thoughtful, organized, and adaptive team builder, who has expertise in program management, administrative support, and grant writing. His experience as a Marine Corps veteran provides him with an in-depth understanding into the challenges facing the veteran community, including healthcare, VA services, and challenges with houselessness. He also has history working with communities through the nonprofit, international development, and private sectors. He is moved by the relationship between humanity and nature, decentralized leadership models, and community-led social movements. He also is a lover of hiking, music, and his sobrinas and sobrinos (both human and dog). He studied Political Science and International Studies at California State University, East Bay. Contact Antonio at

Jessica Kinnison

Fiscal Sponsorship Program Director

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

Michele Garval

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

Ashley Navarre 

 Director of Grantmaking

Ashley Navarre has more than 15 years of professional experience in the philanthropic sector. She is a former Grants Learning & Impact Officer and Grants Manager at BCM, where she led grantmaking operations to enhance the Foundation’s overall impact. She also successfully led the transition to an online grant application and review process and the migration to a new grants management system. Ashley served on the planning committee for the Philanthropy Southeast in 2021, has held leadership roles with Peak Grantmaking as Membership Chair for the Southeast Region, and is a former Chair of the Conference Connections Committee. Ashley, a New Orleans native, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Dillard University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. Contact Ashley at

Nicole Harris

Finance Director

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

Sabrina Joseph

Staff Accountant

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

Nat Rupp

Economic Justice Program Officer

Nat Rupp comes to FFL with a  background in economic development and justice space. She has worked in federal, state, local government, as well as for non-profits and NGOs domestically and abroad. She is passionate about an intersectional approach in conjunction with FFL's continued environmental and legal and community justice work. Nat has a BA in philosophy, and a master's in public policy for George Washington University, focusing on economic development and program evaluation. Contact Nat at 

 Morgan-Me'Lyn Grant

Grants Program Associate

Morgan-Me’Lyn Grant is a revolutionary academic artist with a wealth of development experience. She has served in roles ranging from Administrative Assistant to Director of Special Events, creating opportunities for research and organizational prosperity in Black women-led businesses and spaces. Morgan-Me’Lyn studies intersectional justice rituals and earned her B.A.from Stanford University in African and African American Studies, with her research at Stanford University in New York, Oxford University, and the Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence, Italy and culminating honors thesis achieving Creative Honors in Identity, Diversity, and Aesthetics. Contact Morgan-Me'Lyn at 


Emilia Aguinaga

Climate Justice Program Manager

Emilia comes to FFL with experience at the intersection of operations management and education in support of climate justice, youth development programs, and the disability community. Emilia holds a BS in Psychology and French and an MSPH in Environmental Public Health and Development from Tulane University. Her multicultural background and understanding of our world’s interconnectivity drive her passion for intersectional work that furthers health, equity, and justice. Contact Emilia at

Corey Himes

L.E.A.D. Program Officer

Corey Himes currently serves as Program Officer with Foundation for Louisiana where he will be working on TRHT Baton Rouge and reimagining/re-launching the L.E.A.D program. Previously, he served as Policy and Advocacy Director at Feeding Louisiana where he worked with community food banks and external stakeholders to develop equitable anti-hunger policies based on potential impact to food-insecure Louisianans, increase awareness around the state of hunger and food insecurity, foster new advocates, and identify barriers and opportunities for policy improvements within state agencies. Corey brings a rich background in the nonprofit and public sectors with expertise in public policy, project and program management, grants management, facilitation, community outreach, and coalition-building. Corey’s passion is helping to drive systemic change in the community that is equitable and inclusive for all. Corey earned a Bachelor of Art in Political Science and Master of Public Administration with a focus in Public Policy from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Contact Corey at

Jules Goins

Institutional Giving Officer

Raised in New Orleans, Jules Goins is a fundraising professional with more than seven years of experience. Jules has been a contract grant writer, Director of Development at Dancing Grounds, Grant Writer/Prospect Researcher at Dillard University, and Senior Grant Writer at Jeremiah Program. Jules has also worked as a training coordinator for Public Allies New Orleans and has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in New Orleans and an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in Boston. Jules earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from New York University. Contact Jules at