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LaSandra Gaddy she/her

President and CEO

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Joined the Community Foundation:

Inspirational Quotes:

“In order for the destiny to manifest, I think that it requires courage to have faith. It requires patience. And it requires a true sense of yourself.” – Angela Bassett
“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard.” – Malala Yousafzai

What LaSandra does:

As president and CEO, LaSandra guides the Community Foundation’s staff and Board of Trustees in their fundraising, grantmaking and community leadership efforts. A passionate servant leader, she is focused on expanding the scope and impact of the Community Foundation in its second century.

What she did before:

With decades of nonprofit and corporate leadership experience in West Michigan, LaSandra has extensive expertise in team development, strategic planning, forming collaborative partnerships and fundraising. She previously served as CEO of Women’s Resource Center and in various executive leadership roles in the nonprofit sector focused on building long-term, sustainable change, forming collaborative partnerships and fund mobilization. Prior to her nonprofit work, LaSandra spent 15 years in banking, including serving as a vice president in retail, business banking and wealth management. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornerstone University and an Executive MBA from Grand Valley State University.

When LaSandra isn't working:

She is spending time with family, a good podcast and/book on audible, working out or enjoying a sporting event.

A few of LaSandra's favorite things…

Women’s Resource Center (I might be a little bias 😊)
Place to send out-of-towners:
Any one of our fabulous museums from Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives, our Grand Rapids Children's Museum, etc.
Place to eat or drink:
One Bourbon, The Last Mile
Part of her job:
Inspiring hope and connecting community

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