D. Alexandra Dyer brings 45+ years of leadership experience and achievement, particularly related to the not-for-profit sector and to organizations which present a for-profit/not-for-profit hybrid.
Ms. Dyer has focused on developing innovative and effective financial and management mechanisms, devised organizational strategy, and has managed and responded to diverse constituencies with a commitment to ethics, integrity, transparency, and collegiality. Ms. Dyer’s professional life has been directed to services which affirm individuals and the community, while confronting the realities of social ills and inequalities which plague the most vulnerable.
Ms. Dyer’s breadth of business experience and executive leadership include serving as SVP & CFO for the Greyston Foundation, its related companies and real estate portfolio, Chief Financial Officer for Discover General Contracting Corp. and its related companies (total budget responsibility $50 million), Chief Financial Officer for the innovative South Bronx 2000 Local Development Corporation and its for-profit environmental subsidiaries, and as Executive Director for the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC). She is the former Executive Director & CEO of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center (LESHRC), and has also served as the Executive Director of the Queens Historical Society. Ms. Dyer was the Executive Director for the transformative Healing Arts Initiative (HAI). Before joining RiseBoro Community Partnership, she served as the inaugural CFO for construction manager Armand Corporation. Ms. Dyer is also the Managing Member of The Morningside Group, LLC.
Ms. Dyer brings skills in directing and developing innovative and effective programs, devising comprehensive fundraising and marketing approaches, structuring the financial function for maximum contribution to the organization’s mission, planning and building human resources to address staff needs, implementing the risk management function to identify and secure organization exposure, developing forward-looking financing mechanisms, coordinating strategic enterprise planning, working with the Board of Directors to advance mission and strengthen the organization, negotiating and facilitating organizational relationships, identifying impactful linkages, and she is particularly effective in situations which require consensus-building, conflict resolution, and financial restructuring.
Ms. Dyer’s experience is drawn from environments providing services in real estate development and management, ground-up commercial and residential construction, foster child care, job development, training and employment, environmental enterprises, economic development, housing advocacy, social services, remedial and enrichment education programs, art, culture, and an array of health services particularly related to community health, harm reduction, and developing initiatives addressing the social determinants of health.
Ms. Dyer received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and studied toward her MBA (MDPE) at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, completing her MBA through WGU. She completed the Certificate course from The Institute for Not-for-Profit Management of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Ms. Dyer is a Licensed NYS Real Estate Broker. She completed a Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction at The General Theological Seminary. Ms. Dyer is an ordained Roman Catholic Priest (RCWP). Ms. Dyer is currently studying for her Doctor of Human Services in Leadership & Organizational Management through Capella University.
Ms. Dyer is a member of Mensa, has served on Community Planning Boards #3, #7 and #9 in Manhattan and #12 in Queens, has served on the Board of the Association for Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment (ADAPT), has participated in the National Women’s Political Caucus and worked on several political campaigns, and has been a National Board Member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). She is a tireless champion for the compassionate treatment of animals and is a life-long pocket billiard player. Ms. Dyer is a lifelong New Yorker, a third-generation resident of Queens County of Italian and Albanian descent, an alumna of The Mary Louis Academy, having served as Alumnae Representative, a member of Immaculate Conception RC Church, Jamaica Estates; and is a homeowner in Saint Albans, Queens with her partner of 16 years, six cats and one dog.