Chief Advancement Officer to Lead Development and Community Engagement

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Foundation Academy welcomes Shonique Banks as our Chief Advancement Officer leading enrichment programs, fund-raising and communications in support of our scholars.

"Shonique brings a full range of advancement expertise to our Executive Team as we lead FA into the future," said CEO Sheria McRae. "We appreciate her leadership and her unwavering dedication, and commitment to equity. I know she will make a meaningful impact in our learning community."

Foundation Academies is Trenton's free, public K-12 charter school educating more than 1,000 students on two campuses in the city. FA provides rigorous academics and social-emotional support to equip our scholars to excel in learning and empower them to lead purpose-filled lives. FA's graduation rate exceeds NJ state averages and college acceptance rates are near 100%.

Ms. Banks has dedicated her career to unlocking resources and opportunities that forge a more equitable, diverse, inclusive and just future. Her focus on underrepresented populations has yielded remarkable results, with millions of dollars raised and hundreds of career opportunities curated in collaboration with esteemed companies like General Motors, DV Florist, McCormick, and Clemens Food Group.

"I am thrilled to join this team and help bridge the opportunity gap for children in Trenton," Ms. Banks said. "Foundation Academy Charter School is a place where I can fully live my "why" -- to drive positive change by advocating for underrepresented and historically excluded communities."

Prior to joining FA, Ms. Banks served as the Senior Director of Development and Workforce Strategies for the Philadelphia Energy Authority, channeling her expertise to foster clean energy workforce growth.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies at Rutgers University, and holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Communications and Leadership from Seton Hall University. Ms. Banks also holds a certificate in Leadership Principles from Harvard University, along with certifications as a Criminogenic Assessor and as a director from the state of New Jersey.

She is a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Eastern Stars, the National Association for Workforce Development Professionals, and the American Association for Blacks in Energy.

As Chief Advancement Officer at FA, Ms. Banks will lead a talented team of FA staff responsible for enrichment programs, communications, donor relations and fund-raising to support the quality education and facilities our scholars deserve.

Ms. Banks will be an integral member of the FA Executive Team, including the CEO, Chief Academic Officer Natasia Cooper, Chief Talent Officer Dr. Shanesia Davis, and Chief Operating and Financial Officer Andre' Moore.

Michelle Ruess