Sandra McAlister Ambrozy is a senior program officer with The Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program. She joined Kresge in 1982 and has served in many roles during her time at the foundation.
With more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, Sandra has developed expertise in human services, arts and culture, green building initiatives and civil legal aid. She helps shape and refine grantmaking for the Human Services Program so Kresge’s philanthropic dollars are used effectively to advance innovative, multi-sectoral policy solutions in human services and foster the next generation of human services organizations. In particular, she helps nonprofit leaders structure their organizations, adapt to evolving forces in the field and access resources.
Sandra was named as a 2016 Presidio Institute Fellow and is participating in the fellowship program to build cross-sector leadership skills to address complex social challenges. She also serves on the Steering Committee providing guidance and oversight to the Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST).
Her work has been recognized with six Wilmer Shields Rich Awards from the Council on Foundations for creating transparency and accessibility in Kresge’s communications. Sandra also coordinated the Partnership to Raise Community Capital, a national initiative for community foundations. From 2008 to 2016, she served on the board of the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
A U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited professional, Sandra was part of Kresge’s Green Building Initiative to encourage nonprofits to design environmentally sustainable facilities. She also served as a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities and Regional Planning Grant Program in 2010 and 2011.
Prior to coming to Kresge, she worked at the Boston Children’s Museum and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities in Boston. Sandra is a graduate of Tufts University.
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