July 17, 2018
Koya partnered with the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation on their search for a Senior Director, Strategy and Racial Equity. Following a comprehensive search led by Melissa Madzel, the Meyer Foundation leadership appointed Aisha Alexander.
Aisha is a social sector expert and community organizer whose career has been focused on the intersection of race, place and opportunity. She has held leadership positions in local government, grassroots organizations and small and large nonprofits. Most recently, she was the Director of Thought Leadership at KaBOOM!, shaping and leading trajectory-changing initiatives to create public space equity for kids and families in marginalized communities.
Prior to joining KaBOOM!, Aisha was the Operations Director for the City of Charlotte’s Department of Neighborhood & Economic Development, where she was responsible for the strategic vision and implementation plan for the city’s initiatives to advance equitable neighborhoods. Her leadership fundamentally transformed the way the City of Charlotte engages communities of color and designs programs, initiatives and funding streams that support neighborhood residents as the lead change agents in their communities. Aisha has also served as a social sector consultant for over 10 years, helping social justice organizations to develop and fund their strategies and helping the funding community to make better investments to support community organizing work led by people of color.
Aisha attended Hampton University, where she earned her BA in English and Early Childhood Education and studied social work at Temple University’s School of Public Health, concentrating in Community and Policy Practice. She has used her expertise on racial equity to serve several boards and taskforces, and currently sits on the board of Dream Defenders, a nonprofit that organizes and trains youth in economically vulnerable neighborhoods to lead social change in their communities.
Aisha lives in the greater Washington area, with her partner and young daughter. She is passionate about helping to build a region where every kid has the ability to develop and pursue their dreams and every parent, caregiver and community has the resources to support their pursuit.