Alicia Rankin

Director of Development –

Ever a dreamer and standing on the belief that nothing is impossible, Alicia is driven by finding purpose and personal connection to her work and creating opportunities to advance her community.

A first-generation college student and former UNCF scholarship recipient, Alicia’s undergraduate and graduate time at Florida A&M University was a transformative experience that drastically impacted her career trajectory. As a successful fundraising and development professional, nothing has brought Alicia more joy than to use her talents at nonprofits to attract resources and create pathways for underserved populations.

With over 15 years of leadership experience, Alicia’s expertise as a management consultant, higher education administrator and nonprofit executive leader has given her a unique perspective that allows her to understand the unique needs of boards, executive leadership teams, constituents and those whom the organizations serve and translate those needs into actionable and targeted ideas. As a lifelong resident on the south side of Chicago, you will find no one with more passion and an innate desire for creating opportunities for people like her to succeed, be economically empowered, inspired and pass it on.

More recently, Alicia served as the Vice President of Development and Advancement at a a national black-in-tech nonprofit and as Director of Development at Chicago Scholars.

“Creative on purpose,” Alicia’s superpowers lie at the intersection of storytelling, media, fundraising, education, and youth! Alicia is also a writer, a volleyball mom to a 15-year old daughter, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc,

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