Foundation 65 Announces New Executive Director

Foundation 65 is pleased to announce that Alecia Wartowski has been named to the position of  Executive Director, effective November 1. Alecia brings more than 20 years of experience working to transform the lives of children through advocacy, education, and engagement. She comes to F65 from Northwestern University, where she was director of programs at the Women’s Center.  Previously she served as director of youth services at Youth & Opportunity United, and for many years she worked as an attorney in legal aid for children and families.

Alecia will be responsible for fundraising and donor relations, oversight of the implementation of F65-funded programs and the annual responsive grant cycle, as well as day-to-day operations of the organization.

 “We are excited for Alecia to join our team at Foundation65.  She is incredibly passionate about the Evanston/Skokie community.   Alecia’s authentic work for equity, commitment to public education, and robust skill set position her well to lead, nurture, and grow the Foundation,” said Dr. Keith Robinson, F65 Board President.

Throughout her career, Alecia has worked to make a difference in people’s lives. From leading volunteers providing free legal services to creating an innovative program to address inclusion in higher education, she has gained essential on the ground skills in non profit, legal services, and higher education environments. The thread through all of Alecia’s work has been advocacy. From child advocacy to racial justice, creating opportunities for real change and impact has been at her core. At Northwestern’s Women’s Center, she utilized those skills to lead change around equity and inclusion through developing workshops, and creating the Change Makers program. In a short time, she made a significant impact in program development and implementation, leveraging technology for increased efficiency and outcomes measurement, and fostering partnerships and collaborations across campus.

Alecia is looking forward to work that benefits children throughout her community: “Evanston is a unique place where we have a commitment to children across race, income, genders, and national origin, along with the resources to support that commitment. Foundation 65 has such a strong reputation. I am excited to engage with my community in this new way and look forward to joining in with District 65 educators, funders, families, and students in meeting our collective mission to positively impact every child.”

Alecia attended the University of Michigan where, as a swimmer, she was a 15-time NCAA All-American, 16-time individual Big Ten Champion, 3-time NCAA Champion, a member of the US National Team, and an Olympic Trials finalist. Alecia also received an EdM from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School.