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

Christa Justus began working for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research in 2001 and has been on staff full-time since 2003. Prior to entering the non-profit sector, Christa had a career as a Broadway performer. She appeared in the Broadway & National Touring companies of the Tony Award-winning musicals, “Les Misérables” and “Titanic” and was nominated for a Barrymore Award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Musical” for her work at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia. In June 2010, Christa’s debut album, “Throw It To the Wind,” was released on the PS Classics record label. For more information, please visit Christa received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. In 2012, she married the actor Mark Linn-Baker. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Christa has called New York City home for over 25 years. 

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. 

Gina Balsan

Development Associate

For the past 20 years, Gina Balsan has brought her strategic insight and passion for excellence to each of her advertising and marketing roles.  Following key positions on the Infiniti and Burger King regional accounts, Gina helped reposition national brands such as Cavit Wine and Terra Chips.  She has consulted with a variety of non-profit groups including Harvard University Alumni Affairs and Development and Autism Speaks. In her new role, Gina will help Gabrielle's Angel Foundation maximize fundraising potential and direct creative teams in the development of projects designed to promote fundraising. Gina earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Hofstra University and while she enjoys working in Manhattan, she loves living close to the beach on Long Island with her husband and two children.