YLC Welcomes New Executive Director, Lindsey Jakiel Diulus

Young Leadership Council Names Next Executive Director
Dr. Lindsey Jakiel Diulus Takes Helm of Growing Civic Leadership Non-profit

New Orleans, LA (December 17, 2020) – After an intensive search led by growth consulting firm trepwise, Young Leadership Council (YLC) is pleased to announce Dr. Lindsey Jakiel Diulus as its next Executive Director.  Jakiel Diulus joins YLC after having served as the Development Manager for Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana.  She will be succeeding previous Executive Director Stephanie Powell, who led YLC for five years.

As YLC nears its 35th anniversary, Jakiel Diulus says, “For over three decades YLC has helped young professionals in Greater New Orleans define what leadership looks like for those who endeavor to enact positive change in our community. I see YLC as a leadership laboratory, where young professionals learn by doing and a place where we can cultivate adaptive leadership – that is, leadership that changes who we are and what we believe about our communities and ourselves.”

Dr. Lindsey Jakiel Diulus has over fifteen years of professional experience working in the public sector and has served in a variety of roles at colleges/universities and nonprofit organizations. Since 2015 she has been in external affairs and fundraising positions and earned her Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2019. Jakiel Diulus serves on the board of directors of the Family Violence Program of St. Bernard, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater New Orleans chapter, and AFP International’s Research Council. She served on YLC’s board of directors from 2014 – 2017 and in the position of Vice President of Projects in 2014. 

Jakiel Diulus holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Canadian Studies from the State University of New York  at Plattsburgh, a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo, and a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans.

Career highlights include: securing over $1.5M in funds through competitive grants for both large and small nonprofits, including two Transom Grants from Baptist Community Ministries (BCM); creating and executing annual fund strategies such as monthly giving programs; developing and delivering content for leadership courses and co-curricular experiences at the University at Buffalo and University of New Orleans, and integrating strengths-based coaching into student development initiatives. 

As Executive Director of YLC, Jakiel Diulus will build upon the history and accomplishments of the organization, its members, and alumni. She is excited to support other young professionals who want to leave their mark on New Orleans. 

Board President Kevin Ferguson says of the selection, “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lindsey Jakiel Diulus back to YLC. She is not only an incredibly accomplished non-profit manager and fundraiser, but her history with the organization is an immense asset. It’s a testament to the work that YLC does that our volunteers would move on the Board of Directors and then seek leadership positions within the organization.”