Foundation Staff

Jennifer Ranieri

Executive Director

Jennifer has served as the Executive Director of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research since 2002, having previously served as Managing Director since 1999. Prior to joining Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, Jennifer worked for The Revlon Foundation in the office of the Vice President. There, she managed corporate contributions, non-profit relationships and coordinated Revlon-sponsored events such as the Revlon Run/Walk for Women in both New York City and Los Angeles. Jennifer also previously worked for MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc. A Long Island native, she received her Bachelor of Social Science degree from the State University of New York at Stonybrook. Jennifer resides in Oceanside, NY with her husband and two children.

Christa Justus

Director of Grants; Chief Content Officer

Christa began working for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research in 2001 and joined the staff full-time in 2003. She manages all aspects of the Foundation's grant process and serves as the liaison between the Medical Advisory Board and grantees. In addition to her production duties for the annual Angel Ball gala, Christa is also responsible for the creation and execution of all internal and external Foundation content and messaging. Since its inception in 2010, Christa has served as Executive Producer for the Foundation's annual Medical Symposium & Luncheon. Prior to entering the non-profit sector, Christa enjoyed a career as a Broadway actress and singer. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and resides in New York City with her husband, the actor Mark Linn-Baker. 

Keisha Escoffery

Director of Communications

Keisha brings more than 15 years of experience in public relations and communications to the team. She oversees the public relations and media strategies for both the US and UK chapters of Gabrielle's Angel Foundation and serves as Talent Director for the Angel Ball and Gabrielle's Gala. Keisha received her BA from Georgetown University and worked on the Hill for Congressman John Lewis before moving to New York City. In 2000, she began working with the Foundation as its representative at Rubenstein Public Relations. Keisha has worked with other non-profit organizations including The Elton John AIDS Foundation and QVC Shoes on Sale. 

Michele Keene

Associate Director of Development

Michele joined the Gabrielle's Angel Foundation team in 2016 as the Associate Director of Development. She is responsible for increasing fundraising revenue for the Foundation through major gifts, sponsors and grants. She also focuses on corporate engagement and cultivation. Prior to joining Gabrielle's Angel Foundation, Michele worked on corporate development and partnerships at both the March of Dimes and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and resides in New York City with her fiance and their senior pug, Hank.