Alexandra I. Toma is the Executive Director of the Peace and Security Funders Group, a network of 55 foundations and philanthropists committed to collaboration around diverse peace and security issues. She has over 12 years’ experience at senior levels of politics, government, advocacy and philanthropic organizations, most recently as the Executive Director of the Connect U.S. Fund, a donors’ collaborative focused on incentivizing collaboration as a tool to meet today’s human rights, nuclear nonproliferation, and climate change challenges. While Director of the Ploughshares Fund’s “Peace and Security Initiative,” she launched the Fissile Materials Working Group, a non-governmental coalition of more than 75 U.S. and international organizations providing action-oriented policy solutions to keep the world safe from nuclear terrorism. Prior to her nonprofit experience, Alex served as a foreign policy advisor to Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA). She enjoys teaching at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and speaking and writing extensively on national security, foreign policy, and philanthropy issues.
In 2011, Alex was named a “Top 99 Under 33” foreign policy leader by Diplomat Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. She earned an M.S. in Foreign Policy and Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. in International Affairs and Psychology, with a minor in French, from the University of Virginia.