Alexandra Carter, MBA, CFRE


Alexandra (Alex) Carter, MBA, CFRE, is senior vice president and chief development officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Alex leads all fundraising and development programs in support of CHLA’s goals and priorities. She provides strategic leadership to the Foundation department to support the mission of CHLA as well as its ability to innovate and transform pediatric medicine. Additionally, she is responsible for developing and launching the institution’s fundraising campaigns and is liaison to the Board of Trustees.

Alex has a breadth of fundraising expertise and has served as fundraising counsel to a number of nonprofit organizations. Previous to her consulting practice, she served as chief development officer, Academic Institutes, for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, during a $600 million campaign. She oversaw frontline fundraising teams including major gifts, planned giving and foundation and corporate relations and served on the institution’s leadership team for its partnership with the Women’s Heart Alliance, a national advocacy organization.

Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Alex served as vice president of Public Affairs and Development at John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. She has also held leadership roles at Pepperdine University and at the American Red Cross in Santa Barbara, California. In addition, she has federal lobbying experience and a vast array of national and international fundraising experience.

Alex obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Linguistics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She serves on the Executive Council for the Women’s Leadership Network of JVS  in Los Angeles and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers. Alex also has served on the Board of Directors for the literacy and service charity, Milk+Bookies, and has volunteered in support of dog rescue initiatives.