Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence


June 28, 2017 - Foundation Announces New Director of Local Education Foundation Outreach

by OFE | 2017-07-11 13:34:20

Edmond resident Donna Alexander, a longtime business leader and state public education advocate, has been named director of Local Education Foundation Outreach for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.

In her new role, Alexander will provide technical assistance and training to local education foundations and groups seeking to establish foundations in their communities. Through its Local Education Foundation (LEF) Outreach Program, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has helped build one of the largest networks of local education foundations in the country, with 220 established to date. These citizen-led nonprofits help raise private dollars for their school districts and encourage community involvement in local schools.

“We are delighted to welcome Donna Alexander to our foundation staff,” said Emily Stratton, executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. “Donna brings a wealth of experience as a business and nonprofit leader, educator and school foundation officer. In addition, she has demonstrated her commitment to the work of our foundation as a past member of our Board of Trustees.”

Alexander fills a post vacated by Karen Rose of Tulsa, who recently retired after serving more than 10 years as director of LEF Outreach. Rose helped expand Oklahoma’s network of school foundations by 14 percent and collaborated with the American Schools Foundation Alliance and the National School Foundation Association to strengthen training and services to Oklahoma public school foundations.

Alexander, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, served as a high school and college teacher early in her career. In recent years, she has worked as a regional manager for Apple Computers and territory manager for Compaq (now HP), where she worked closely with school districts, career-technology centers and colleges to enhance their technology systems. She also has worked as a systems engineer and project manager for IBM and has done sales and marketing for small businesses.

As an advocate for public schools, Alexander has served as president and fundraising chair for the Edmond Public School Foundation and was vice president and fundraising chair for the Ardmore Public School Foundation. She is a graduate of Leadership Edmond and Leadership Ardmore and served as vice president and fundraising chair for the University of Oklahoma Women’s and Gender Studies Board of Advisors. She has been active in Kiwanis, Edmond Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Committee, Rotary International and Women in Technology International. Alexander recently earned a Master’s Certificate in dispute resolution and mediation from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

“I am excited to join the staff of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence,” Alexander said. “As a former school foundation volunteer and a past board member of the Foundation for Excellence, I have witnessed firsthand the work that OFE does to support and strengthen public education in Oklahoma.  I look forward to working together with school foundations and communities across the state to help provide much-needed support to their local schools.”