Lisa D. Alford

Lisa D. Alford became a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2012.

Alford is the commissioner of the Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth in Syracuse, NY, whose mission is to support a comprehensive system of services for children and youths, senior citizens, caregivers and families through advocacy, planning, coordination, direct services and program funding.

Active in her community, Alford is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Elmcrest Children’s Center, is a member of the board of the OASIS Senior Education Program, a member of the Junior League of Syracuse, League of Women Voters and is the local chapter President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an international community service organization. She also serves on the NY Connects State Long Term Care Advisory Council, the Say Yes to Education Advisory Committee and the Fayetteville-Manlius School District Committee on Special Education and Committee on Preschool Special Education.

Alford previously served on the New York State Early Intervention Committee, the board of the Syracuse Association for the Education of Young Children, the Syracuse/Onondaga County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission and as a member and co-chair of the Child Care Council of Onondaga County board.

Alford was honored with the Champion of Diversity Community Service Award from P.E.A.C.E., Inc. in 2009; the Diversity Achiever Award from the YWCA of Syracuse-Onondaga County in 2009; and the Community Service Award from the Junior League of Syracuse Inc. in 2008.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Hampton University and a master’s degree in audiology from The Ohio State University. She also earned a certificate of advanced studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a certificate from the Head Start Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program at the University of California Los Angeles.

Alford is a resident of Manlius, NY.