Dr. Rashada Alexander came to the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) in November 2019 as the operations and impact director. In this role, 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 the National Institute of General Medical Sciences within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she managed a portfolio of grants focused on building research infrastructure.

Prior to her work as a program director, she worked as the special assistant to the NIH’s principal deputy director, where she led efforts supporting sexual and gender minority health research and reproducibility and rigor of research findings. She began her NIH career in the Office of Extramural Research, where she managed parts of the NIH reporting for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, establishment of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, 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.

Alexander completed postdoctoral work at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, respectively. She earned her doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of Kentucky and her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

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