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Shandra Koler

Senior Program Officer

Shandra is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing The Foundation's initiatives. Her primary responsibilities include managing, monitoring, and coordinating all programs and grants; identifying innovative ways to support grantees; and coordinating The Foundation's annual scientific summit.

Prior to joining The Sontag Foundation, Shandra spent almost two decades in public service focusing on creating strategic community alliances, operations administration, project implementation and oversight. Her career started in municipal government in Cleveland, OH, where she managed the city's animal care program for over ten years. She received numerous awards, including the Mayor's Outstanding Community Member Award. Shandra expanded her civil service work by continuing to serve as the first Program Director for a program of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation, directly reporting to Michael White, the longest-serving mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. After relocating to Florida in 2011, Shandra was responsible for implementing the Dodd-Frank Act at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in Jacksonville, Florida and provided programmatic oversight to grantees throughout the State of Florida until joining the Foundation in 2014.


B.S., Baldwin Wallace College

M.P.A., Cleveland State University