Sandra Timmons

Interim Executive Director
The Steve Fund (RI)

Sandra E. Timmons joined The Steve Fund as its Interim Executive Director in March 2020. The Steve Fund is the nation’s only organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. The Steve Fund works with colleges and universities, nonprofits, researchers, mental health experts, families and young people to promote programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health of the nation’s young people of color. 

Sandra’s experience and interests are closely aligned with the Steve Fund’s mission and values. She has spent most of her career helping young people, many in underserved communities, gain access to opportunities that increase their educational achievement and success. She joins the Steve Fund following a 16-year tenure as President of A Better Chance, a national nonprofit organization that places talented young people of color into the leadership pipeline through increased access to academically rigorous secondary schools. Under her leadership, A Better Chance significantly expanded its national footprint and improved student outcomes.

Prior to joining A Better Chance, Sandra was Chief Operating Officer of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit organization focused on the empowerment of girls and young women. Before joining Girls Inc., Sandra was Chief of Staff at the College Board and also held management positions at Honeywell.

Sandra earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/Economics with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in Public Policy Analysis and Management with a concentration in Finance from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Sandra’s professional background has been enriched through a broad range of volunteer work with community, professional, and religious organizations. She currently serves on the Board of the Enrollment Management Association.



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