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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

Jessica Kinnison

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

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

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

Tammy Eskridge

 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

Nicole Harris

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

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

Nathan Rupp

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