The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is pleased to announce Anita Alexander as its new Program Officer. Most recently, Anita served as an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area including the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Links Hall, Oak Park Area Arts Council, and the Terra Foundation.
"I am thrilled to welcome Anita to the Driehaus Foundation as a Program Officer," comments Executive Director Anne Lazar. "She brings a wealth of knowledge and grantmaking experience, and is a valuable addition to our team."
Anita Alexander has over twenty years of experience in philanthropy, program development, audience engagement, and arts education. Anita previously served as Program Officer at The Chicago Community Trust, where she worked to increase access to quality arts learning opportunities, and participation in the arts among underrepresented communities. Anita also directed the national and international grants programs for the Motorola Solutions Foundation. There she helped the Foundation increase its support for community public safety programs, and improve its efforts to increase the number of women, girls, and people of color in STEM education programs and careers.
Anita's previous work includes the roles of Curator of Education at the Columbus Museum in Georgia, and the Artist Services Director at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in North Carolina, where she developed and managed art programs, exhibitions, and regional grant programs to support artists. She also taught art appreciation as an adjunct faculty member at Campbell University's Pope Air Force Base Campus.
Anita is a native of Chicago. She holds a BA in Art History and an M.Ed. in Aesthetic Education and Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.