Froswa’ Booker-Drew, PhD has an extensive background in nonprofit management, partnership development, training and education. As Vice President of Community Affairs/Strategic Alliances of the State Fair of Texas, the largest fair in the United States, she is responsible for all community initiatives, educational programming, partnership development and philanthropy on behalf of the organization. She is responsible for the creation of several State Fair signature programs including the Cohort for Concessions, Fairs and Expositions (CFFE), Community Engagement Day Convenings, and NXT FEST. In her role, she convenes nonprofit organizations to solve for community challenges, builds capacity of nonprofit organizations and small businesses and creates collaborations to share resources and builds social capital. She is also the Founder of Power in Action, Dallas and Co-Founder of HERitage Giving Circle, the first African American Women’s Giving Circle in Texas
Froswa’ served as the former National Community Engagement Director for World Vision, US Programs as a catalyst, national partnership broker, and builder of the capacity of local partners, facilitating the emergence and strengthening of community-led initiatives to improve and sustain the well-being of children and their families in poverty and marginalized communities. Froswa’ supervised program staff in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Washington, Illinois, California, New York, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. In this role, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the engagement strategy across the country, identifying local, regional and national partners and the creation and presentation of a training to educate organizations on Social Capital, Collective Impact, Asset Based Community Development. She also worked with staff to build the capacity of more than 3000 organizations in order to support children and families through training, the use of portfolio of World Vision Resources, convening and connecting organizations to one another through Community Engagement Days and Youth Engagement Days around the US. She was also responsible for the HEA (Disaster Response) across the US supervising staff, a budget and strategy. This includes managing a budget of nearly $2 million. In addition, she served on the National Leadership Team for US Programs reporting to the Vice President of US Programs and worked closely with other departments including marketing, fundraising, operations, evaluation and GIK to support the work around the country.
Booker-Drew has worked for three national nonprofits and was formerly the Director of the Texas Office of Partners for Sacred Places. In this role, she built partnerships statewide and nationally, oversaw programming, public relations, staff, budget, and fundraising for the office. Partners for Sacred Places is a national non-sectarian, nonprofit that works with congregations in historical buildings to assist in the use their buildings for the transformation of their communities. Previously, she served as Southwest Sustainability Specialist for the national nonprofit, Breakthrough Collaborative, which served first generation college students. She worked with affiliate sites in Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. This included coaching and providing workshops for Executive Directors, Board Members and staff on strategic planning, fund development, and board governance. Booker-Drew also served as Texas Regional Director for the Innovation Groups, a national non-profit which provides consultation, training, and research for local governments. Froswa’ worked with over 50 city managers and their staff in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma which included marketing, event coordination, recruitment and retention of member cities.
Booker-Drew was promoted to Director of Communications/Assistant to the Headmaster at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, an organization based in South Dallas, a marginalized community, where she was responsible for all public relations and special projects for the Executive Director. Hired initially as the Director of the Community Center for St. Philip’s School and Community Center, she was the administrator of the Athletics, Before and After School Care/Summer, and Outreach programming for over a thousand participants. This included the implementation of new programs and developing collaborative partnerships with community agencies that offered opportunities for young people in the community and their families. In this role, she was responsible for reporting to corporate, foundation, and individual donors. She also assisted the Development Department in the research, reporting, and writing of proposals for the Community Center. Her role included managing a budget that exceeded $250,000 excluding the $1.3 million capital campaign, supervising staff and nearly 100 volunteers and assisting in the design of the new Learning Center, which houses Community Center programs. Froswa’ solicited and received funding from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Dell Foundation, Microsoft, and many others during her tenure. As a result of her leadership, participation increased especially in targeted zip code areas as well as a stronger relationship was established with the media publicizing programming.
As the part-time Development Coordinator for The ChildCareGroup, she was responsible for assisting in raising $825,000 for this organization that has a budget of over $12 million dollars. This organization served low-income families in providing childcare services. Over $500,000 was raised toward this effort.