Director of Development
Alicia Rankin serves as the Director of Development at Chicago Scholars where she is primarily responsible for establishing and cultivating relationships with grant-making foundations. She works to ensure that the growth and success of our organization and especially our Scholars, is clearly articulated and understood by donors. Connecting dots between people, problems, opportunities, and resources in growing and changing environments is her expertise. Alicia has spent the bulk of her career in higher education working to eliminate barriers to college success for students in the city of Chicago. Prior to Chicago Scholars, she served as Executive Director of Academic Programs at City Colleges of Chicago where relationship skills were paramount to build bridges between faculty and administration in the shared governance of academic programs. Her passion for eliminating barriers for students in Chicago was fortified when she lead the district-wide strategy to drastically improve outcomes for students requiring remediation.
She truly believes that it only takes the power of one to see real transformation and advancement of every community in Chicago and that educational is a vehicle to bring forth leaders to enact change. A strong supporter and advocate of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, she is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her M.B.A. Outside the office she enjoys spending quality time with her daughter and movies, plays, books and anything else with a great storyline!