Kareem Alston joined the foundation in 2016. Prior to his communications role at the foundation, which includes managing the production of digital and written content, managing and editing the New York Foundation's website, and curating content for social media, he served as the Program Coordinator at Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA). Mr. Alston’s responsibilities involved marketing and event planning for the Institute as well as fundraising. While at IDA, he helped organize over 150 events, bringing scholars and professional artists to Stanford as well as engaging undergraduate and graduate students in educational programs. Mr. Alston’s professional experience is supplemented by various marketing and media internships at organizations such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Urban Bush Women, where he edited brochures and organized community engagement workshops. Mr. Alston also served as a marketing intern at 300 Entertainment, where he engaged with senior leadership to track the company’s global marketing impact and develop a web-based talent finding software. During the summer of 2015, he interned at PowerPac+, a political media company, where he produced a promotional video for "Brown Is the New White" by Steve Phillips, helping the book reach the New York Times and Washington Post Best Seller lists. Mr. Alston received his MA in African Studies in 2016 and his BA in African and African American Studies in 2014 from Stanford University.