Sandra McAlister Ambrozy, The Kresge Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Human Services

FUNDING AREAS: Vulnerable community services, poverty, economic stability, public policy research

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IP TAKE: Ambrozy helps fine tune human services grantmaking at the foundation, working to ensure that its grant awards are used in the most effective manner.

PROFILE: Prior to joining The Kresge Foundation in 1982, Tufts University graduate Sandra McAlister Ambrozy worked at the Boston Children's Museum and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities.

When she initially joined The Kresge Foundation in 1982, Ambrozy served as a general program assistant and program officer. She also been an integral part of the foundation's Environment work through her responsibility staffing Kresge's Green Building Initiative. This environmentally-driven initiative was formed to encourage nonprofits to design sustainable facilities and implement eco-friendly business practices. Ambrozy is also credited with coordinating Kresge's Partnership to Raise Community Capital initiative. The focus of this initiative was to help local community foundations around the nation raise much-needed funds for technology improvements, marketing efforts and grant making programs.

Ambrozy is a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, and currently serves on the board of the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. She was also a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities and Regional Planning Grant Program in 2010 and 2011.

Of her human services work, Ambrozy states "I think our Human Services team’s focus on strengthening the effectiveness of organizations that help move people out of poverty is the highest and best use of Kresge’s resources at this time."