The Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon announced that Dr. Traci E. Alexander has joined their staff as director of development. Dr. Alexander will be responsible for leading the Club’s plan to generate resources and support for one of the leading youth development organizations in the greater New York metro area.
Alexander has been a prominent media pioneer, award-winning journalist and professor in the fields of communication and leadership development for over 30 years. Her work in fundraising and business development has been dedicated to advancing social justice for women of color, and to supporting underserved and marginalized communities. Alexander has helped raise visibility and fundraising campaigns for nonprofit organizations across the country, most recently for a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon featuring former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
“Our Club has had a meaningful impact in the lives of thousands of current and former youth in the Mount Vernon community for over 100 years, and we have ambitious plans to grow in the future” said Rob Potack, board chairperson for Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. “It is critically important for our organization to have a development executive with an entrepreneurial spirit, fundraising know-how, and a successful track record of raising awareness and funding. Traci Alexander embodies all of these qualities and so much more, and we are excited to have her join us.”
Earlier in her career, Alexander became the first African American woman to anchor the evening news for ABC in Central Louisiana. Over the course of her career, she has interviewed hundreds of high-profile leaders including President Barack Obama, Ambassador Susan Rice, Alice Walker, Queen Latifah and Aretha Franklin, and produced programs for “The Queen Latifah Show.” She is also the creator and executive producer of the LITerature Lounge that supports her mission to increase the number of men and women of color to attain an advanced degree in higher education.
“ I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to work with the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon” said Alexander. “Since we worked together last fall on our event with Ambassador Rice, I have seen firsthand the commitment of their board and the passion of their staff to help the youth of Mount Vernon reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
She added, “As a communicator and connector of people with passion to causes with purpose, I look forward to growing our relationships and developing the resources they need to help the youth in this special community realize their potential for a brighter future.”
“We are very fortunate to have someone with such a tremendous background, connections, accomplishments and experience join us to lead our development plans” said Mel Campos, chief executive officer, Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. “Traci is the perfect fit for our organization to help build our programs and provide the resources that our kids need to grow. On behalf of our entire staff, we welcome Traci, and look forward to a great future together for our Club and for the Mount Vernon community.”