Your Team in Strengthening Philanthropy for the Virgin Islands
Our staff members are often seen out in the field, overseeing historic restoration projects, coordinating education work groups on policy research, or conducting site visits to ensure our sponsored projects meet with success. We enjoy working with community members to brainstorm and problem solve and we look forward to hearing from you. You can always call us directly at 340.773.9898.
Deanna J. James
Deanna James was moved from Executive Director to President of the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development in February of 2019. She has held a number of executive level positions at the Foundation during her 15 year tenure, overseeing general operations, grantmaking, and program development.
Jennifer Carbon-Richardson has worked with St. Croix Foundation since 2007 in a variety of capacities, managing the intermediary relending program, serving as a consultant and as Fiscal Officer. Ms. Carbon-Richardson graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration
Jessica Cuyler has lived on St. Croix for over 15 years, working in the television industry, hosting and producing local travel and cooking shows. Jessica has worked with the Foundation for over 15 years but recently started working closely with the St. Croix Foundation in 2019 as Development Director, overseeing ongoing special projects and sponsorship relationships.
Essence Carter joined SCF in June 2018. Before joining the Foundation, Essence worked as the executive assistant for a historical and cultural nonprofit in St. Croix. Essence is from St. Louis, MO and visited St. Croix in 2015 to intern with the St. Croix Landmarks Society.
Dr. Lucy Jackson has served as the Foundation’s Policy Officer since 2013. Born and raised on St. Croix, Dr. Jackson is a Certified Special Education Teacher with a Graduate Certificate in Vocational Special Education. She also holds an AA in Business Management, BA in Liberal Studies, MA in Special Education, and PhD in Education Policy Leadership.
Senior Program Officer
As a former teacher turned program officer, Lilli Cox has been with the Foundation since 2005 and works primarily on the Foundation’s community development programming, grantmaking, and development. Lilli works with a diverse team of private, public, and civic agencies to support broad-based projects in the areas of public safety, public education policy, the Nonprofit Consortium, and works closely with grantees and scholarship recipients far beyond the award check.
Jonathan Williams joined the St. Croix Foundation team in the summer of 2016, after working with a national health nonprofit where I was able to hone my development skills. As a native son of St. Croix, Jonathan directly impacts the lives of Crucians through his role as Development Coordinator, interfacing with countless community partners, donors, board members and other nonprofits to achieve holistic community development.
Prior to joining the St. Croix Foundation in 2009 as Site Coordinator for the Model School Intuitive, Magali served as the Administrative Assistant for Mountains Market, Inc. By the end of June 2010, Magali began to wear many hats at the Foundation: from supporting the Foundation’s partner school, Elena Christian Junior High School, make school-wide improvements to serving as Data Coordinator for the Ryan White Program, Accounting Clerk and Event Coordinator and now Operations Coordinator, Magali’s community and organizational knowledge is invaluable.
Claver Lazare has worked for the Foundation for 19 years as the Fiscal Assistant and, over time, the Foundation’s clients have become like family and friends to Ms. Lazare. With over 40 charitable projects operating under the Foundation’s nonprofit umbrella, Ms. Lazare is kept quite busy processing checks and preparing financial reports.