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Chief Administrative Officer

James Lander

James’ Journey to SFI

Accountable to the Executive Director, responsible for driving organizational day-to-day performance providing input for strategic planning, setting departmental goals, overseeing resource allocation, and collaborating on policy implementation. Experienced senior nonprofit leader and former naval officer with 20+ years of broad-based management experience leading multi-disciplinary teams within the nonprofit, government, and private sectors.    Most recently, served as Director, Grant Administration, United Way Worldwide, and was responsible for the oversight of all aspects of financial accounting related grants and other restricted funds including federal and donor advised funds.  Previously, served as Senior Director of Program Management at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), spearheading the department responsible for annually managing and awarding UNCF’s almost 400 scholarships, programs internships and fellowships central to UNCF’s core competencies.  Directed and provided grant management expertise to 25 locally based development offices resulting in the awarding of more than 149 new and renewal grant programs for nonprofit, private, and public colleges and universities which totaled over $59 million in new business.  Additionally, held elected office for eight years as Chair, Vice-Chair, and member of the Arlington Board of Education. 

Graduate of the University of Virginia, Master of Engineering, Systems Engineering, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Bachelor of Science Degree, Marine Engineering.