LaSandra “Sandra” Gaddy: President and Chief Executive Officer
Grand Rapids, MI – LaSandra "Sandra" Gaddy has been named President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. With more than 25 years of nonprofit and corporate leadership experience in West Michigan, Gaddy brings extensive expertise in team development, strategic planning, forming collaborative partnerships and fundraising.
Most recently, Gaddy has been CEO of Women’s Resource Center, a gender-responsive organization in Grand Rapids focused on improving women’s economic opportunities. During her tenure, she developed and led the organization through a four-year restructuring process, increased the number of women of color served by more than 30 percent, and expanded programming into Muskegon and Ottawa Counties.
Gaddy previously served as Vice President of Advancement for Inner City Christian Federation, an affordable housing provider, and Chief Communication and Development Officer for Mel Trotter Ministries emergency shelter. Prior to her work as a nonprofit executive, she spent 15 years in banking including serving as a vice president in retail, business banking and wealth management.
For over 100 years, Grand Rapids Community Foundation has been a trusted steward of charitable assets, a community catalyst for meaningful change and the advocate for shaping vital impact through philanthropy in Greater Grand Rapids in Western Michigan. The Community Foundation works to foster a thriving community exemplified by opportunities for all. With their partners, the Community Foundation uses the tools of philanthropy to find solutions to pressing issues. It provides grants to support the work of nonprofits, scholarships to local students and other forms of support to communities working to eliminate barriers to opportunity, prosperity and belonging. For more information, visit https://www.grfoundation.org/