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 provide support to improve the quality of life and overall wellbeing for adults and those with long term care needs.
As Commissioner, she is responsible for a department that is comprised of the Office for Aging, Adult Protective Services, NY Connects, the Long Term Care Resource Center, the Veterans Service Agency and Mental Health.
Active in her community, Alford is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Fund of Central New York, the American Heart Association and the OASIS Senior Education Program. She is a member of Governor Cuomo’s New York State Behavioral Health Advisory Council, the League of Women Voters, the CNY Population Health Improvement Regional Advisory Committee and the Junior League of Syracuse. Lisa is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an international community service organization.
She was honored with the Community Service Award from the Junior League of Syracuse Inc.; in 2008, she received the Champion of Diversity Community Service Award from P.E.A.C.E., Inc.; in 2009, she won the Diversity Achiever Award from the YWCA of Syracuse-Onondaga County; and in 2015, was the recipient of the Interfaith Works Racial Justice Award.
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.