Sandra Alexander, MEd
Sandra is a recognized national leader, strategic thinker, and innovator in child abuse prevention with over 47 years’ experience in the public and private sector. Her leadership experience includes serving as Executive Director of two Prevent Child Abuse America state chapters. For the past ten years, she has been an Expert Consultant/Subject Matter Expert in child maltreatment prevention in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and currently continues this work at CDC as a contractor working with KARNA LLC. At CDC, she has provided leadership for several key child maltreatment prevention initiatives including DVP’s BECAUSE KIDS COUNT initiative, Knowledge to Action Child Maltreatment Prevention Consortium, a cross-division shaken baby prevention initiative and the Essentials for Childhood initiative.
She also currently serves as a member of the DVP policy and partnership team and is a leader in engaging the business sector and other key partners in prevention. She is a member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and the Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect. She is a member of the Prevent Child Abuse America Program/Research Committee and the Prevent Child Abuse Georgia Advisory Committee. She is a past board president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and currently serves on the APSAC Prevention Committee. She is the former chair and current prevention advocate of the Atlanta Fulton County Child Fatality Review Committee.
She has developed numerous prevention programs and provided training on prevention nationally and internationally, and served as a prevention voice for local and national media. Her early experience in child protective services, adoption and foster care has helped inform her prevention work. She authored several book chapters on prevention and was a member of the team who developed DVP’s recent technical package for preventing child abuse and neglect.