Carmen James Randolph
vice president for programs
Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF)
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Carmen James Randolph joined the Foundation staff in February of 2014 as Vice President for Programs. Carmen previously worked at the Washington-based Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation where she was for the past 15 years including three years as senior program officer in education. While at the Meyer Foundation, Carmen led various award-winning initiatives to support a wide range of work including education organizing, charter school improvement, and post-secondary education reform.
As a leader in education reform in Washington, D.C., Carmen also held numerous national and local leadership roles with Grantmakers for Education; the Youth Transition Funders Group, a national network of grantmakers whose mission is to help all youth make a successful transition to adulthood by the age of 25; the S.T.E.P. Up Advisory Board, which addresses the graduation crisis in the District of Columbia; and, New Schools Venture Fund’s DC Schools Fund.
As Vice President for Programs at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Carmen develops and manages the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolios in the areas of economic opportunity, organizational effectiveness, the environment, health and human services, arts and culture, education, and youth development.