Rachelle Thomason works with communities, organizations and government agencies across Louisiana to grow local knowledge and local capacity around current and future coastal challenges with Foundation for Louisiana. Rachelle works with staff members and partners to manage outreach, communications and planning efforts that include Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE), individual and organizational workshop trainings (LEAD the Coast), along with assisting with the grantmaking strategies and of the Coastal Resilience Leverage Fund – FFL’s portfolio dedicated to addressing how coastal land loss impacts socioeconomic conditions and exacerbates existing inequities across the state.
Rachelle graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Meteorology and later received her Master of Science Degree in Coastal Geomorphology from the University of New Orleans (UNO) where her research focused on marsh erosion in Louisiana’s Biloxi Marsh. In addition to her experience in meteorology and coastal geomorphology, Rachelle interned at NOAA River Forecasting Center in Slidell where she gained first-hand experience in forecasting riverine flooding and researched the use of rainfall average recurrence interval to characterize flash flood events for real-time warning forecasting.
Rachelle has applied her scientific background to grow local capacity and knowledge around increased flood risk across the coast, Louisiana’s watersheds, and increasingly urbanized environments and how these future risks exacerbate the current socioeconomic conditions within communities across Louisiana.