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OUR FOUNDER

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Alisha L. Gordon

​​Alisha L. Gordon is an awarded teacher, faith leader, and social strategist whose work intersects social advocacy and culture. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Current Project, a nonprofit organization committed to closing the social and economic gaps for Black single mothers, utilizing the intersection of strategic programming and policy to lengthen the runway for thriving. Under her leadership, the organization has emerged as a leader in bridging the stories and needs of Black single mothers across the country, galvanizing support from corporate and foundations like Pink Cornrows, The Wayfarer Foundation, The New York Liberty,  The Pearl Milling Company, Share Our Strength, and City Fund. Since its inception, the organization has raised over $700,000 for its programming initiatives.

Prior to The Current Project, she served as Executive Minister of Programs at the historic Riverside Church in the City of New York where she led innovative strategic programming for the 2,000+ member congregation. She brought a lens of moral and social advocacy to her work as the Director for Faith-Based Initiatives for national and city-wide political campaigns, including Michael Bloomberg’s Presidential campaign in 2020 and Maya Wiley’s historic mayoral race in the city of New York in 2021.

 

 A native of Decatur, Georgia, Alisha earned her Bachelor of English from Spelman College and a Masters of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her work has been featured in national publications and media outlets, including Politico, The Grio, Parents Magazine, WomanEvolve Podcast, and a strategic advisor and presenter for a host of organizations including racial equity firm E Pluribus Unum, the United Methodist Church, Princeton University, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and Iowa State University.

Alisha was recently awarded the prestigious Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award, the On the Horizon Award from the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, named Emory University’s distinguished Top 40 Under 40 in 2019, and has served on the alumni board of the Candler School of Theology since 2022. In 2023, she was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award for Faithful and Creative Leadership from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University, the highest honor bestowed upon the school's alumni.

She is the mother to a college sophomore and lives in Harlem with her dog, Cookie.

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