Board Chair

Dr. Alandra Washington has over 25 years of experience leading both local and national initiatives to improve equitable outcomes for children, families and communities. She currently serves as Vice President for Transformation and Organizational Effectiveness at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she is responsible for overall functions of enterprise wide transformation, redesign and change management, and efficient operations to maximize overall organizational performance excellence.

Joining the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2002, Dr. Washington served as Program Director on the Philanthropy and Volunteerism team. She was responsible for the design and execution of national initiatives which fostered the adoption of racial equity grantmaking frameworks and strengthening identity-based philanthropic networks and donor engagement. In addition, she served as Director of Programs responsible for leading programmatic strategy development and execution across early childhood and K-3 systems, employment equity and entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Washington was Chief Executive Officer of The Greater East St. Louis Community Fund where she provided leadership toward the organization’s mission to move residents up and out of poverty through equitable community development strategies. She also served as Executive Director of New Spirit Neighborhood Organizing Office of East St. Louis.

Dr. Washington has served on the board of Women’s Funding Network, Association for Black Foundation Executives, Living Cities, GenerationOn, Aspen Institute’s Ascend Program Advisory Board and Asset Funders Network Steering Committee. She currently serves on Monitor Institute’s What’s Next in Philanthropy Advisory Team.

Dr. Washington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration, both from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Doctorate in Education from Western Michigan University.