Lual Charles, Institutional Partnerships and Grants Officer, drives support for REDF’s work to build a more inclusive economy through the power of employment social enterprise. He manages relationships with current and prospective institutional funders, leads grant writing, and produces funder reports highlighting REDF’s impact.

As a teenager, Lual benefitted from the support of community-based organizations that provide skills training, professional development, and job placement assistance for young adults and is a firm believer in the importance of these services. He is excited to use his development expertise to further the work of employment social enterprises that provide this valuable support to other young adults striving to build a bright future.

Prior to joining REDF, Lual was a development officer at the New York Civil Liberties Union, a civil rights and civil liberties legal organization. There, he was responsible for foundation relations, grant writing, and producing donor communications. He also served as a fellow at Frontline Solutions International, a Black-led consulting firm in Philadelphia dedicated to bridging the gap between community-based nonprofits and big philanthropy.

Lual holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and economics from Wheaton College (MA). Outside of work, you can find him traveling, exploring the great outdoors, or relaxing with friends and good music.