Global alternative asset and private equity investor KKR announced today the appointment of Pamela Alexander as Managing Director and Head of Corporate Citizenship.

In her new role, Alexander will be responsible for overseeing KKR’s corporate citizenship and strategic philanthropy programs globally and she will also serve as a resource on citizenship to KKR’s portfolio companies. KKR launched its citizenship platform in 2016, aimed at helping the firm and its employees and portfolio companies create healthier and more resilient communities.

In recent years, the firm launched a $50 million KKR Relief Fund to support those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform also includes the KKR Cares initiative, encouraging employees to engage with nonprofits and communities through a matching gift program, providing employees with 40 hours of paid time to volunteer with community projects, connecting executives with nonprofit board service opportunities, and pro-bono consulting and technical assistance to nonprofits and social enterprises.

Ken Mehlman, Partner, Global Head of Public Affairs and Co-Head of Global Impact at KKR, said:

“We believe that purpose and citizenship work hand-in-hand to drive performance and employee engagement. Our employees care deeply about their communities and we want to provide the best possible platform and resources for them to have a positive impact on the world around them. I am thrilled to welcome Pamela to our team and am confident that her impressive track record of driving impactful citizenship initiatives and building strong relationships with non-profits and community leaders will be invaluable to us as we continue to build out this platform for the benefit of our employees, investors, portfolio companies and their communities.”

Prior to joining KKR, Alexander served at Ford for over 20 years, most recently as Director of Community Development for the Ford Motor Company Fund, and in other senior community development and government relations roles. She recently oversaw the Ford Fund’s philanthropic response to COVID in the US, including a small business grant program, an emergency fund designed to assist college students with basic needs and technology, and support for first responders and frontline workers.

Alexander said:

“I am honored to be joining a company that shares my passion for community engagement and belief in the power that corporate citizenship can have in driving positive impact and empowering people and communities to reach their full potential. I look forward to building and expanding upon this important work through my new role at KKR and am excited for what’s ahead.”