Executive Director


DSC_2631 cropHaley Burns has pursued her passion for urban development, research, and human-centered design throughout her education and career, building on her entrepreneurial nature. After a fellowship with Lend for America in 2012 in her sophomore year, Haley founded Fund 17 to empower under-served micro-entrepreneurs in the New Orleans community. In 2013, she worked for an impact investing conference in Singapore and a year later for Saha Global to start a clean water business in Northern Ghana. She loves traveling, practicing new languages, and managing her own “side hustle,” a bread business named Haley Jo’s Dough. She holds degrees in History and International Development, with a minor in Urban Studies.    


Assistant Director


DSC_2617 cropAshley was a fellow in Fund 17’s inaugural cohort before becoming a director. Originally from New York City, she loves New Orleans for its culture, history and consistent evolution. As the daughter of Puerto Rican and Dominican parents, Ashley is proud to be leading our new efforts in the Latino community. She is also applying her experience as a fellow to provide guidance and insight to our current fellows as they work with entrepreneurs. She recently graduated from Loyola University with a degree in International Business.



Business Development Advisor


DSC_2572 cropKyle grew up in Maryland and Alabama but joins Fund 17 after living in New Orleans the past 15 years. As Business Development Adviser, he works directly with entrepreneurs and provides assistance to fellows in their work. As an entrepreneur who has started two companies, Kyle is highly skilled with business start-up, zoning, and permitting issues. Kyle is currently working with Anastasia, who has just opened her own all-natural beauty salon in the bayou St. John neighborhood earlier this month!



Fellowship Coordinator


DSC_2577 cropLaurel Greilich is a Tulane University senior studying political science, psychology, and urban studies. After completing the Summer 2016 Fellowship and falling in love with the fast-paced growth and positive energy at Fund 17, she stayed on to become the Fellowship Coordinator in Fall 2016. Laurel’s main focus has been heading the development of the Site Visit + Lecture Series as an opportunity for further education and training in the fellowship, and managing fellow-entrepreneur relationships.



Visit our Fellows page to read more about our fellowship program and their entrepreneurs.

fellows composite

Top Row: Ethan Shaw, Mason Moore, Narisa Abhasakun, Ruth Aitken

Bottom Row: Bry Rechan, Matt Warsaw, Brooke Behrenfeld, Micah Garber



Accounting and Fundraising Intern: KELSEY KRUPP

DSC_2571 cropKelsey is an M.B.A. candidate at Loyola University from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who will graduate this May. She joined Fund 17 in the fall of 2016 as our accounting and fundraising intern. Kelsey also works as a full-time finance coordinator for a public health non-profit.




Marketing Communications Intern: JAKE GINDY

DSC_2565 cropJake is a Tulane University junior from Los Angeles who is studying Communication and Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. Jake has been with Fund 17 since 2015 as our marketing communications intern. He handles our social media accounts, manages communication with our stakeholders, and recently began offering marketing assistance to our fellows and entrepreneurs. His spirit vegetable is the asparagus.



Community Research Intern: SARAH MILLS

DSC_2562 cropSarah is a senior at Tulane University from Westwood, New Jersey, who studies finance and economics. She has been with Fund 17 since the fall of 2015. This semester, she is driving community research by organizing surveys of the 7th and 8th wards, funded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation in partnership with Forward Cities.




Creative Intern: MEGAN CALVIN

Megan CalvinMegan is a Tulane University freshman from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, who is studying marketing and graphic design. She provides in-house creative services for Fund 17, ranging from photography to website design. Megan also provides our entrepreneurs with product photography, website design, and logo and brand development.