Alison Bernstein, a longtime educator and official at the Ford Foundation, died on June 30 of endometrial cancer at her home in East Hampton, N.Y., at 69, writes The New York Times.
Ms. Bernstein started as a program officer with the foundation in 1983 and went on to become a vice president managing other grant makers for the organization’s Education, Creativity and Free Expression Program (which is now referred to as Creativity and Free Expression). She worked for the foundation until 2010.
While at the foundation, Ms. Bernstein distributed tens of millions of dollars to other charities and evaluated and led many cultural, art, media, and education programs. Specifically, she focused on improving the transfer rate of community-college students to four-year universities, expanding college access for Native American students, and boosting women’s and gender studies. She also helped establish the foundation’s International Fellowships Program, which finances higher education for people from developing countries, according to the Times.