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Alexandra Was, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Character Virtue Development

Alexandra Was is a Program Officer in the Character Virtue Development department, where she develops and manages philanthropic projects on intellectual, moral, performance, and civic character. She is particularly interested in projects that focus on childhood and adolescence, employ participatory approaches, and engage diverse and/or under-served populations.

Dr. Was comes to the Foundation from the world of academic editing, where she worked with students at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels to strengthen their writing. Prior to this, she was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Villanova University. She obtained her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Psychology from Harvard University and her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University. Her research focused on early social-cognitive development, including young children’s teaching and problem-solving skills.