Our Mission

The mission of the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation is to make New Orleans a safer place in which to live, work and visit. We accomplish this by promoting excellence in policing, efficiency in criminal justice and positive community engagement.

Our Focus


  • The Tragedy Fund, administered by NOPJF, has provided over $140,000 to seriously injured officers and their families in their time of need.
  • NOPJF’s Tuition Assistance Program offsets the cost of college for NOPD employees.
  • From personal protective gear to horses and canines, NOPJF is filling gaps by providing officers with the equipment and supplies they need to keep us safe.


  • NOPJF’s Cops for Kids Program provides a safe, enriching environment for 150 at-risk New Orleans youth every year.
  • New Orleans citizens are helping NOPD identify suspects and solve crimes by registering more than 4,000 private security cameras through NOPJF’s SafeCamNOLA.com.
  • NOPJF’s groundbreaking Adopt-a-Block initiative is helping residents install private security cameras in high crime hot spots.


  • NOPJF’s JoinNOPD.org Campaign is recruiting the next generation of police officers.
  • NOPJF’s OPISIS Technology initiative makes NOPD more efficient and effective by providing real time data and cutting edge crime analysis software.
  • NOPJF’s training investments bring world-class leadership development courses and law enforcement best practices to NOPD officers.

Our Board

The NOPJF’s voluntary Board of Directors includes a cross-section of New Orleans citizens involved in business, tourism, religious practice, and other endeavors within the community who share a commitment to supporting NOPD and a safer New Orleans.

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Greg Rusovich


Rick Haase

Vice Chairman

Robert W. Brown


Skipper Bond

John Casbon *

Jim Cook

Karen DeBlieux

Larry DeMarcay III

Stacey Dorsey

Brooke Duncan III

John Eastman

Terry Ebbert

Dean T. Falgoust

Alan Franco

Aimee Freeman

David Kerstein *

E. James Kock, III

Stephen Kupperman

Rita Benson LeBlanc

James Letten

Carol Markowitz

Carl Mixon *

Toni Mobley

Marshall L. Posey, Jr.

James J. Reiss III

Andre Robert

W. Patrick Schindler

David Schulingkamp

Sandra Shilstone

Dorothy (Dee) Taylor

Benjamin Tiller

Iam Tucker

Robert Vaughn

T. Semmes Walmsley

Kurt Weigle

Jim Wilkinson *

Tom Winingder

*Emeritus Trustees



Programs & Direct Support


Personnel & Operating Expenses



Charity Navigator gives NOPJF four stars out of a possible four star rating, indicating that our organization “adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.”

Melanie Talia, J.D.

Melanie Talia, J.D.

President & CEO

Melanie A. Talia is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation. She directs the Foundation in its ongoing role as a principal fiduciary agent, negotiator and advisor to all members of the criminal justice system in Orleans Parish. Prior to joining the NOPJF, Melanie was an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish for 17 years where she prosecuted capital cases and other violent crimes.

Annette Bodden, CPA, CGMA

Annette Bodden, CPA, CGMA

Chief Financial Officer/Vice President

Annette is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Louisiana and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans with honors.

Nathaniel Weaver

Nathaniel Weaver

Program Director

Nathaniel Weaver manages wide ranging efforts to rebuild and enhance the capacity of criminal justice agencies in Orleans Parish. Current grants under his direction include projects to enhance justice information sharing and to improve the operational capacity of criminal justice agencies.

LaMont Hayes

LaMont Hayes

Director of Development

LaMont A. Hayes is the Director of Development for the Foundation. In this capacity, he serves as the chief fundraiser, responsible for developing and managing relationships with key constituencies that ultimately ensures the overall success of the Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as Senior Development Officer at Xavier University of Louisiana. He has sixteen years of professional experience in the development and fundraising arena and has been personally involved with raising more than $300 million during this time. LaMont holds a B.A. in Criminology/Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland College Park.

To contact the NOPJF please email

Melanie Talia: melanie@nopjf.org

Nathaniel Weaver: nathaniel@nopjf.org

LaMont Hayes: lamont@nopjf.org

Annette Bodden: annette@nopjf.org