Rashada Alexander, Ph.D.

Operations and Impact Director

Dr. Alexander is currently the Operations and Impact Director at the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), where she leads the optimization and integration of FFAR’s operations, as well as the assessment and articulation of its impact. Previously, she was a Program Director in the Division for Research Capacity Building at NIGMS, where she managed a portfolio of grants focused on building research infrastructure in states and institutions that traditionally receive less NIH funding and/or serve underrepresented students. This included grants in the Institutional Development Award (IDeA), Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH), the Support of Competitive Research (SCORE), and the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Programs. Prior to her work as a Program Director, she was the Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she served as a point-of-contact for issues related to sexual and gender minority (SGM) research, and reproducibility and rigor of research findings. She began her NIH career as a Health Science Policy Analyst in the Division of Planning and Evaluation in the Office of Extramural Research (OER), within the NIH. In that position, she managed part of the NIH reporting for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), establishment of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), analysis of the NIH LGBT research portfolio, as well as numerous other analyses of the NIH research portfolio in response to Congressional and public requests and needs.

Dr. Alexander completed postdoctoral work at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, respectively. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky, and her B.S. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH.

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