Carmen James Randolph

Vice President for Programs

Carmen serves as the vice president for programs at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Carmen is an innovator, strategist, expert grantmaker, and collaborative leader committed to the prosperity of communities of color. She is a 21- year veteran of philanthropy, initially launching her career at the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in Washington, DC where she worked deeply in the areas of youth development and education reform.

Carmen joined the Foundation in 2014 and leads a dynamic team of 12 professionals. She leverages $3 – $7 million in new investments from institutional partners to fuel the Foundation’s programs annually. Carmen leads the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking and programmatic work in the areas of the economic opportunity, environment, disaster restoration and recovery, nonprofit leadership and effectiveness, workforce, and maternal and child health. Carmen led the Foundation’s transition to online grantmaking, and now her team manages more than 30 online grant processes for the Foundation, donor advised funds, scholarships, and corporate partners. She also led the creation of the Foundation’s disaster strategy, which has transformed the Foundation’s entire approach to disasters – making it more nimble, proactive, and strategically coordinated with government, nonprofits, and local and national philanthropy.

She serves on the New Orleans Workforce Development Board and is founding co-chair of the board of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network. Carmen holds a BA in American Studies with a concentration in African American Studies from American University. She is a mother of three young adults, and she lives in New Orleans with her husband and family.

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