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Alexandria Cooley

Chief Programs Officer
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With over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, grants making, program design, and youth development, Alexandria Cooley is the first Chief Programs Officer at Fresh Lifelines for Youth. She joined AmeriCorps, a federal grantmaking agency, in 2012 and most recently served as Deputy Regional Administrator of the Southeast Region. Alexandria and her team managed grant awards and project development of over $80 million across a six-state region in this role. She has been instrumental in supporting the agency through a transformation process that resulted in the development of new positions, a modification in grantmaking processes, and the hiring and training of 20 new staff members within her region.
Alexandria, a native of Brooklyn, NY is a first-generation American, 2021 Council on Foundations Career Pathways Fellow and Public Policy and International affairs fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Connecticut College, a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School for Social Research, and a certificate in Federal Grants Management from Management Concepts. Alexandria is an active volunteer and mentor in her community and is committed to supporting the eradication of poverty and the development of equitable structures. She and her husband, John, have two daughters and enjoy time with family, cooking, and kayaking.