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Greater New Orleans Foundation
Names Local Nonprofit Leaders
Devon Turner and Dan Favre
as New Directors 



This month, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (Foundation) announced that Devon Turner and Dan Favre have been named as Directors on the Foundation’s Programs Team.  

“We’re thrilled to have both Devon and Dan join the Foundation at this exciting time as we prepare to celebrate the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s 100th anniversary in 2023,” said Andy Kopplin, President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “Given the grantmaking and leadership support we provide local nonprofit organizations, I think it's especially fitting that both Devon and Dan served as Executive Directors of two of our region's most successful and well-respected nonprofits. They are both perfectly positioned for their respective roles as they will provide extensive support and partnership in the environmental and nonprofit sectors here in the greater New Orleans region.” 

Devon Turner joins the Foundation as Director of Nonprofit Leadership and Effectiveness. Prior to her arrival at the Foundation, Turner served as Executive Director of Grow Dat Youth Farm, a local youth leadership development organization that uses food production as a platform to facilitate leadership development. For over 25 years, she has prioritized equity and justice in her career choices - as a student and educator through research, instruction, and facilitation, and in her nonprofit service through her approaches to change on the individual, community, and systems levels. In her new role as Director of Nonprofit Leadership and Effectiveness, she will have the opportunity to apply that knowledge and those experiences to support our region’s nonprofit organizations. 

Dan Favre will take over as the Foundation’s Director of Environmental Programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Favre spent many years in the region’s non-profit sector as Executive Director of Bike Easy, the Greater New Orleans bicycle education and advocacy organization, after working as a Campaign Organizer and then Communications Director at Healthy Gulf (previously called Gulf Restoration Network), an environmental advocacy organization focused on clean water, coastal restoration, healthy fisheries, and climate justice. Favre currently volunteers on the Boards of Directors for Blue Krewe, the local non-profit that manages the Blue Bikes bike share system, and the Committee for Better New Orleans.  

 “Dan and Devon are dynamic leaders with strong networks and proven track records in the local nonprofit sector,” said Kellie Chavez Greene, Vice President for Programs at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “They are the right leaders at the right time to lead our critical environmental and nonprofit leadership and effectiveness programming into the future. As longtime partners with the Foundation, I’m excited to work with them in this new capacity.” 

“The Greater New Orleans Foundation is respected throughout the region for the deep relationships they form with organizations, service providers, and concerned residents.” said Devon Turner, Director of Nonprofit Leadership and Effectiveness at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “These relationships are grounded in trust and a shared belief in the region's potential and are true indicators of how the Foundation moves through the region: using philanthropic strategies to advocate for and provide the resources to facilitate change, to address inequities so we all have a better quality of life where we can all thrive, and not just survive. In this work, this is where I need and want to be.” 

“As a long-time leader in the local nonprofit sector, I've admired, learned from, and partnered with the Greater New Orleans Foundation for many years.” said Dan Favre, Director of Environmental Programs at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “Now, I'm thrilled to join the Foundation as the Director of Environmental Programs to play a role in expanding the sector's collective impact as our region works to further equity and overcome the challenges presented by climate change.” 

  

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About the Greater New Orleans Foundation

With roots extending nearly 100 years, the Greater New Orleans Foundation serves the 13 parish region of Southeast Louisiana including Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Tangipahoa, and Washington. Over 965 nonprofits from the region participate in its annual online giving day, GiveNOLA Day, which has raised over $47 million for nonprofits in the last nine years. The Greater New Orleans Foundation has responded to every disaster since Hurricane Katrina, when it led the Unified Community Planning Effort and a $23 million affordable housing fund. The Foundation distributed nearly $7 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has distributed over $5 million in response to Hurricane Ida.
 

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