Our Board & Staff

The Foundation’s board of trustees sets policies relating to grantmaking, spending, investment, and management, and it oversees independent audits.  Our board is currently composed of 31 volunteer members. Currently we have 24 employees in the executive, programs, organizational effectiveness, communications & marketing, development, and finance departments.

Job Openings

The Foundation is searching for a Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs and a Workforce Navigator.

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Christian T. Brown

Board Chair

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Leann O. Moses

Board Vice Chair

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Charles L. Rice, Jr.

Board Secretary

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Robert Bories

Board Treasurer

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Cheryl R. Teamer

Past Board Chair

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David Barksdale

Board Member

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Gayle Benson

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Robert S. Boh

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Lynne Burkart

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Arnold W. Donald

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David Edwards

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Monica Edwards

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Alex Gershanik

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Rita Gue

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Conrad N. Hilton, III

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Cathy Wright Isaacson

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Pat LeBlanc

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Walter J. Leger, Jr.

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Monika McKay

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R. King Milling

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Elizabeth S. Nalty

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Arthur Roger

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Lynes R. Sloss (“Poco”)

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Warner Thomas

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Vera Triplett, Ph.D.

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Steven W. Usdin

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Madeline D. West

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Jimmie M. Woods

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George V. Young

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Luis Zervigon

Board Member

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Andy Kopplin

President & CEO; Doris Z. Stone Chair in Philanthropic Leadership

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Isabel Barrios

Program Officer

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Theresa Barrios

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

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Allie Betts

Senior Philanthropic Gift Officer

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Cale Brown

Program Assistant

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Kellie Chavez Greene

Senior Program Officer for Organizational Effectiveness

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Ryan Crespino, CPA

Vice President for Finance & Administration

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Elaine “Ella” Delio

Director of Environmental and Regional Initiatives

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Blathrae Gillin

Communications & Marketing Associate

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Carmen L. James

Vice President for Programs

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Kim A. LaChute

Staff Accountant

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Sandra G. Lilly

Office Manager

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Judith M. Lozano

Executive Assistant

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Richard A. Martinez

Senior Program Officer

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Erin McQuade-Wright, CFRE, CAP

Vice President for Donor Relations

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Johanna Paine

Grants Manager

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Joann M. Ricci

Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness

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Bonita Robertson

Site Director for New Orleans Works (NOW)

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Rachel Swan

Organizational Effectiveness Program Associate

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Cherie F. Thompson, CPA


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Jilla Tombar

Strategic Partnership Officer

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Jessica Vinturella


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Roy Williams

Program Officer