Kelsey R. Foster, Executive Director

Kelsey’s career has been focused on the intersection of economic policy, public finance, and community engagement. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College, a professional certificate in Public Finance from the University of Chicago, and is working towards a Masters of Public Service at the University of Arkansas. Foster is a resident of Algiers Point and serves as an At-Large board member of Old Algiers Main Street. Kelsey loves catching the sunset on the Algiers levee, riding the Algiers ferry to Mardi Gras parades, and grabbing a beer at the Crown and Anchor Pub.

Lilith Winkler-Schor, Program Director

Lilith leads AEDF’s small business support and community development programming. Through her skills in design, research, and community engagement, she works to foster equitable and inclusive development for Algiers. Additionally, she serves as AEDF liaison for the New Orleans Complete Street Coalition. Previously, Lilith has worked on projects in collaboration with Central City Renaissance Alliance, Arts Council New Orleans, Association for Community Design, and St. Anthony Green Streets, among others. She is a Truman Scholar and holds both a B.A. and B.F.A. from Tulane University. In her spare time she loves biking around the city, supporting local bakeries, and staying up-to-date with New Orleans’ art scene.

Executive Committee


Rachel Shields

Greater New Orleans, Inc.

first vice-president

Tara Miller

Ochsner Health

Second vice-president

Robert Royal

The Robert Royal Foundation


Christe Brewton

LCMC Health

Head shot of Christe Brewton

Ben Morvant

Crescent Towing

Board of Directors

Past Presidents

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