Senior Program Officer
Ayana Gabriel is the senior program officer overseeing the Pathways to Success programs at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. In this role, she leads the Foundation’s grantmaking around education initiatives that seek to provide all children in Atlanta with a quality education, from birth through high school. Ayana also oversees the Foundation’s work around social justice, including NFL and Atlanta Falcons initiatives, as well as the management of the associate-led Overwatch Fund Committee, a group of associates across the Blank Family of Businesses who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces or have a strong personal or professional connection to the military.
Prior to joining The Blank Family Foundation in 2015, Ayana managed the diversity and education strategy for the admissions team at Teach for America. She began her career in education with Atlanta Public Schools as a middle school science, chemistry and physics teacher, after a career as a chemical engineer. Her work with the Foundation is especially relative to her personal and professional life, combining her love for science with education reform that makes STEAM careers more accessible to all kids.
Ayana graduated from Spelman College and the Georgia Institute of Technology with dual bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and engineering. She serves on the board of the Atlanta Beltline and is an active leader in her local Westview neighborhood association.