Jilla Tombar

Strategic Partnership Officer

Since 2017, Jilla Tombar has served as the Strategic Partnership Officer at the Foundation. In this role, Jilla advocates for deeper philanthropic investments in the New Orleans region and finds innovative ways to help corporations and foundations demonstrate their commitment to the people of the New Orleans region through their giving.

Jilla has dedicated her life’s work to improving the capacity of nonprofits to create social change. Twenty years ago, she started working in the day-to-day operations of direct service programs such as the Florida Children’s Campaign and the Latin American Youth Center YouthBuild. She soon turned her focus to assisting organizations that serve youth, families, and the environment meet their fundraising goals.  Jilla has served as the Director of Development for leading edge organizations in Washington, DC, including the Earth Conservation Corps and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.  She has also served as a donor relations expert and nonprofit management consultant for five years with organizations throughout the New Orleans region.

Jilla is an ardent supporter of the arts, the environment, and adoption. She serves on the boards of the Institute of Mental Hygiene Foundation and the Uptown Music Theatre.  She also volunteers with the Louisiana Institute for Children in Families, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Audubon Charter School.

Jilla is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned her Master’s in Philanthropy & Development from LaGrange College.  She lives in New Orleans with her husband Fred and three children: Chloe, Frederick and Calliope.

Email Jilla at jilla@gnof.org