Elaine “Ella” Delio

Director for Environmental and Regional Initiatives

Ella Delio brings deep global experience working within and with organizations that tackle issues at the intersection of climate change and communities to bring about greater justice and prosperity. She started her career in the private sector where she saw the important role that businesses played in equitable and sustainable development. This prompted her to move to the nonprofit sector in 2004, where she supported the growth of women-led and environmental enterprises. In 2014, she brought her expertise to the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) where she has been building the “living with water” movement in Southeast Louisiana in collaboration with partners from the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

Ella Delio currently oversees GNOF’s programs and grantmaking in the areas of urban water management, water economy, sustainability, and coastal resiliency with a focus on equity.

Prior to moving to New Orleans, Ella worked in Washington, D.C., at the World Resources Institute, an international environmental think tank, where she served as Global Director of the New Ventures program. In that role, she provided business development and investment facilitation services to innovative environmental enterprises in Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. In this capacity, she worked with various funders from the philanthropic and public sectors. Ella began her career in the private sector working for several firms in the Philippines including Procter & Gamble.

Ella currently serves as a board member of the Environmental Grantmakers Association. She is a co-chair of Urban Water Funders working group of The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and a co-chair of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network’s Climate Justice Action Table. 

Ella received her MBA and MPA degrees from the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and her Management Engineering and Economics degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She was awarded the Don K. Price Award by the Harvard Kennedy School for academic distinction and leadership in public service

Email Ella at ella@gnof.org

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