Sylvia Czander (she/her) is the Development Manager at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. She is responsible for managing grant processes, cultivating relationships with donors, and supporting the organization's revenue goals.
Sylvia's background in diverse educational settings helped inform her career path to development. She received her BA from Brooklyn College and CUNY Macaulay Honors College, her MA in Classics from the University of Cincinnati, and has worked with learners of all ages, from children in preschool summer camp to adult students in community college. She went on to serve as the Development Director of Grants at the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, where she primarily researched and wrote proposals for equitable youth education programs. At the YMCA, she oversaw government grants from local, state, and federal agencies, managed processes for corporate and private foundations proposals, and led three of the organization's branch-level annual campaigns. She gained experience creating organization systems for the development team, providing project management oversight for a number of grant projects, and helped launch some of the organization's first advocacy and DEI initiatives. Outside of work, Sylvia enjoys cooking Italian food with family recipes, playing rec soccer, and spending time with her husband and family.