The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, a Wisconsin based non-profit committed to elevating Black women’s health and reducing racial health disparities, has announced on Tuesday that Alia Stevenson will serve as the organization’s Chief Programs Officer.
“I’m fortunate to step into a role that is the perfect intersection of my personal and professional passions and journey, and at such an important time,” says Stevenson, a local health and racial equity leader, in a statement. “The work of the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness is more vital than ever as we address and offer solutions to disrupt existing inequities, while confronting the added short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis across Wisconsin and our nation. I am humbled to be a part of this critical work.”
Stevenson joins The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness at a critical time in its growth months after it has opened Dane County’s first Black Women’s Wellness Center on Madison’s west side and as the organization and wider community navigate the unanticipated challenges and instability brought on by the global Coronavirus pandemic.
Stevenson most recently worked for local government as the City of Madison’s Organizational Development Manager, and as Policy, Planning & Evaluation Manager and Health Equity Coordinator for Public Health Madison & Dane County. In these roles, she launched successful programming including the City of Madison’s Women’s Leadership Series and the Public Health Madison & Dane County’s health and racial equity team. Stevenson is a former Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness board member and volunteer.
“We are fortunate to have Alia join us and at such a crucial time where advocacy, answers, and action are needed to secure the lives and well-being of Black women and families,” says Lisa Peyton-Caire, CEO and President of the Foundation, in a statement. “Alia’s wealth of knowledge, experience, and local and national relationships around health and racial equity are what we need right now to expand our ability to support Black women’s capacity to survive and thrive.”
Stevenson will begin her new leadership role on Monday, April 6th. She will become the Foundation’s third full-time employee. Janine Stephens became Chief Operating Officer for The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness back on Feb. 17.