Storytelling and Development
Associate Director of Development and Fundraising
Mandi leads donor cultivation and fundraising to support Leading Educators' strategic plan and New Orleans-based programming. Prior to joining Leading Educators, Mandi served as the Director of Resource Development and Communications at the United Way of Greater Kingsport in Kingsport, TN, where she was responsible for community outreach, creating and maintaining relationships with area organizations and individuals, and the development and implementation of innovative communications strategies. Mandi also spent two years at the Organizational Effectiveness Associate at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, where she managed the first and second years of the region’s GiveNOLA Day. She has also worked as an independent consultant, with a focus on non-profit fundraising and social media communications.
Born and raised in South Louisiana, Mandi holds a B.A. with dual concentrations in English Literature and Creative Writing from Louisiana State University and a M.L.A. degree from Tulane University. She is a graduate of the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans and the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum.