Alyssa Banford

Alyssa Banford is the Director of Civic Engagement for the JCRC in St. Louis. Among many projects she organizes, her largest annual programs are the Jewish and Muslim Day of Community Service and the Jewish Coalition for New Americans Day Camp at the International Institute. In 2017, she became a trained liaison for the Faith and For the Sake of All initiative to help educate the St. Louis community on racial inequity in the city, and is currently a New Israel Fund Global Activism Fellow and a Bend the Arc Jeremiah Fellow.

Before her transition to the non-profit world, she began her career in 2007 working in Fortune 500 advertising and marketing, then co-founded a startup called SYNEK out of CiC’s 4240 building. She has been an active member in the St. Louis Jewish community from childhood and is glad to use her business and communications experience to organize the community. She graduated from Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications focus in Public Relations, and previously served on the Board of Directors at her congregation.  In her free time, she loves to hike with her pup, ski in the Rockies, practice meditation and yoga, spend time at the Living Insights Center, volunteer in community gardens, and travel to learn about this wonderfully diverse world.