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Flozell Daniels, Jr., Foundation for Louisiana

Flozell Daniels, Jr.

CEO & President, Foundation for Louisiana

Flozell Daniels, Jr., CEO & President of Foundation for Louisiana (FFL, formerly the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation), is a public policy and community engagement expert with extensive experience in legislative strategy, leadership and community development, and resilience building. With a focus on constructing successful coalitions to increase economic opportunity for all, Flozell is accomplished in expanding capacity and outcomes in areas including community development finance, criminal justice reform, coastal and environmental policy, transit equity, and asset development. Flozell has led more than $60 million of award-winning community investment strategies while at FFL.

Prior to his appointment at FFL, Flozell served as Tulane University’s Assistant Vice-President & Executive Director of State and Local Affairs for nine years. Before that, he cut his public policy and community engagement teeth as an Urban Policy Specialist & Administrative Assistant in New Orleans, in the administration of Mayor Marc Morial.

In his civic capacity, Flozell currently serves as Chair of the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority; Co-Chair of the Transportation Committee for the Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force; Co-Chair of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network;; the Supreme Court appointee to the Louisiana Public Defender Board; and, most recently, he was elected to serve as an Advisory Committee member for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and as a National Academy of Sciences - Gulf Research Program Health and Resilience Board member. In past service, Flozell was a founding member and immediate past Board Chair of the Orleans Public Education Network; a founding Co-Chair of Grantmakers for Southern Progress; and, is one of only four Chairmen Emeritus of the Urban League of Greater Louisiana.

Flozell was a commissioner of the Mayor’s Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform in New Orleans that led to historic reductions in jail size. While serving as Governor John Bel Edwards’ appointee on the Justice Reinvestment Task Force, Flozell was instrumental in helping create the most sweeping criminal justice reform in the history of Louisiana.

For his work with the Urban League, Flozell was honored with the first-ever Distinguished Service Award for board leadership for leading critical post-Katrina recovery efforts. Flozell has also been recognized with the following awards: Friends & Family of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children Community Catalyst for Change; Grantmakers for Southern Progress Equality & Justice Award; Martinet Society Earl J. Amedee Award; Bayou Rising Bayou Hero for climate justice activism; Court Watch NOLA Criminal Justice Award; Children’s Defense Fund of Louisiana Black Man of Distinction; and, the Urban Conservancy Urban Hero Award.

Flozell is a 2013 graduate of University of Oxford Said Business School’s Impact Investing Programme, 2011 Fellow of the Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute, a life Fellow of the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program, an alumnus of Leadership Louisiana and a graduate of the Metropolitan Leadership Forum. Flozell has an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School at Tulane University, a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans and spent six years doing materials research for the United States Department of Agriculture. A New Orleans native who was raised in the Freret neighborhood, Flozell loves spending time with his daughter, and enjoying second lines, festivals, and other celebrations of Louisiana’s incredible culture.